The Egyptian Democratic Labour Congress (EDLC) and the Center for Trade Unions' and Workers' Services (CTUWS) are honored to invite you to attend their joint press conference at 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 30 at EDLC's provisory headquarters - in 88 Qasr El Ainy Street, Floor 1, Apt. 7- Cairo-Egypt.
The press conference tackles the following:
a) Documents proving the corruption of the Egyptian Trade Unions Federation (ETUF)
b) The truth about the relationship between ETUF and the International Trade Unions Confederation (ITUC)
c) A presentation of documents and reports proofing that ETUF is an illegitimate representative of Egyptian workers and that they should not represent Egyptian workers at the upcoming International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva – starting on May 30 and ending on June 15.
d) Presenting the activities which EDLC's delegation of unionists are to undergo at the upcoming ILC in Geneva to highlight how these activities are to benefit the quest of Egyptian workers for freedom of association.
Kindly accept our deep appreciation and best regards,
CTUWS's General Coordinator and
Member of EDLC's Secretarial Committee
Egyptian Democratic Labour Congress (EDLC) [has 271 independent Trade Unions, and 60 Trade Unions under construction, from several workers' Locations of different represented sectors].
Address: 88 Al Qasr Al Einy St. , First Floor, Apartment No. (7), Downtown, Cairo.
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ُEDLC is open for all the Egyptian workers without discrimination, stretches its hands to all of them who wish to establish their active independent unions and to all who work with it to liberate trade union rights from the shackles which restrained them for long bitter decades and to all who are biased to the right of the Egyptian workers to establish their trade unions freely and struggle to put fair labour standards into effect. The Congress is inspired by the history of the Egyptian trade union movement which was deep-rooted before the beginning of the 20th century and is based on a decades-long struggle against oppression, depredation, impoverishment and marginalization; and it commemorates the martyrs, strugglers and labour leaders who sacrificed their lives in defence of democratic trade union rights for the Egyptian workers.
It was decided to establish the Egyptian Democratic Labour Congress (EDLC) as follows:
- Complete alignment with the Egyptian workers’ right to establish their trade unions freely and without any trusteeship independent from the state, businessmen and political parties); struggle for the full achievement of this right, removal of all the legal restrictions imposed on this right during the past decades and removal of all administrative restrictions which restrict the exercise of this right.
- Complete alignment with the fair labour standards as provided by the International Labour Conventions, struggle for their proper implementation in our country and action to guarantee the Egyptian workers’ right to defend their interests and rights through strike, collective negotiations and collective labour agreements.
- Adherence to the principles of trade union freedoms including non discrimination between the workers for any reason, the workers’ guaranteed right to establish trade unions, the right to join / withdraw from a trade union (if multiple) and the right of trade unions to form and withdraw from federations. The founders of this Congress reject the deprivation or exclusion from any trade union right, refuse coercion to join or withdraw from trade union membership or forcing any trade union to join or withdraw from an existing federation.
- The founders of this Congress shall do their best for the sake of strong and effective trade union unity and act for building a strong and effective trade union organization (federation / confederation) which combines considerable percentage of the workers categories in the main labour sectors,
- The Egyptian Democratic Labour Congress combines the trade unions participating in its first founding meeting and the labour blocks of the big industrial companies of the public business sector which aspire to liberate trade unions from forced membership in ETUF, build unity upon democratic foundations and enable workers to establish their effective trade unions and federations which represent the workers’ majority.
- The Congress calls for immediate issuance of the law on trade union freedoms which guarantees for the Egyptian workers all the afore mentioned rights. The Congress calls upon the Egyptian ,society with its democratic and political powers, to consolidate with it in order to achieve these demands. The Congress emphasizes the pivotal importance of trade union rights in building and developing the democratic Egyptian society, establish trade unions to activate societal negotiations and achieve social justice which is necessary for social equilibrium and stability. The Congress, together with the participating civil society organizations will organize a vast lobbying campaign calling for immediate adoption of this law.
The Center for Trade Union & Workers' Services (CTUWS) - Honored the French Republic’s Human Rights Prize- is an Egyptian non-governmental organization established in March 1990 by some labor leaders and activists guided by their experience in the Egyptian labor movement. They vowed to meet the urgent need to form an independent organization that advances and supports the needs of workers in a democratic manner, provide direct support and services to the workers and fill the void created by the “official” trade union organization which failed to achieve its fundamental obligations.
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