• MB News
  • May 26, 2007
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Brotherhood MP Demands CTUWS Reopened

Brotherhood MP lodged a written question calling for reopening the branches of the Center for Trade Union and Worker Services (CTUWS) in El-Mahalla El-Kubra, Nag Hamadi and Cairo which were shut down during the past months in violation to international covenants.
Abdul Halim Hilal, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood parliamentary bloc, lodged a written question to both Ministers of Social Solidarity and Labor Force around shutting down branches of the Center for Trade Union and Worker Services (CTUWS) in El-Mahalla El-Kubra, Nag Hamadi and Cairo in violation to international covenants.
Hilal told Ikhwanweb that shutting down the CTUWS, an independent labor rights group formed in 1990, violates both international agreements no. 87 and 98 that allow civil society organizations to exercise their duties in a full freedom. The closure hurt the interests of a big number of workers in the sectors of building and wood.
Hilal pointed out that closing the CTUWS is an attack on freedoms and civil society institutions which should receive support and cooperation from the Egyptian government, no attacks, fights and closure .
Hillal called for reopening the branches of this centre to help Egyptian workers restore their violated rights.
Amnesty International has expressed its condemnation to the Egyptian government’s decision of shutting down the CTUWS in the eve of marking the Labor Day, poiting out that this decision totally contradicts with pledges of president Hosni Mubarak in his speech that the government is committed to protecting worker’s rights .
The organization added that closing the CTUWS in Helwan, Cairo, by force deprives workers of getting information and consultations regarding their rights.
It is worth mentioning that the Center for Trade Union and Worker Services (CTUWS) is an independent civil society organization that defends worker’s rights and offer consultation to workers regarding their rights in addition to exposing violations related against rights of workers. It has faced, since December 2006, a campaign of public attacks launched by General Union for Egyptian Labour Unions, the Secretary, accusing it of stirring to staging labor strikes in the northern Egyptian region of Delta.


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[Above: Kamal Abbas, director of the CTUWS, denouncing the security services’ crackdown on labor activists. Photo by Hossam el-Hamalawy, taken 14 May 2007]

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