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ILO memo final

To: Director of the International Labor Organisation, Cairo Office

From: General Union of Real Estate Tax (independent of the General Federation of Egyptian Trade Unions)

Abstract:

The General Union of Real Estate Tax presents this memorandum which contains therein highlighted cases of abuse against workers in the interest of Real Estate taxes and other interests and industrial sectors, in past months, and this following from the faith of the General Union of Real Estate Tax, along with those workers abused owing to their demands of their rights, in the role appointed to the International Labor Organisation, in the way of response to any attack on labor rights or any other associated rights, such as the right of workers to peaceful assembly, or the right to strike, or to address public authorities with their demands and concerns, by placing the Egyptian government before its responsibilities to which it is bound under the ILO conventions which it has ratified with particular regard to Convention no. 98 concerning the Application of the Principles of the Right to Organise and to Bargain Collectively and which was adopted by the International Labor Conference on 1st July 1949 and of which the first article stipulates that:

1. Workers shall enjoy adequate protection against acts of anti-union discrimination in respect of their employment.

2. Such protection shall apply more particularly in respect of acts calculated to–

(a) make the employment of a worker subject to the condition that he shall not join a union or shall relinquish trade union membership;

(b) cause the dismissal of or otherwise prejudice a worker by reason of union membership or because of participation in union activities outside working hours or, with the consent of the employer, within working hours.

Along with the text of Article II of the aforementioned convention, which states:

1. Workers’ and employers’ organisations shall enjoy adequate protection against any acts of interference by each other or each other’s agents or members in their establishment, functioning or administration.

2. In particular, acts which are designed to promote the establishment of workers’ organisations under the domination of employers or employers’ organisations, or to support workers’ organisations by financial or other means, with the object of placing such organisations under the control of employers or employers’ organisations, shall be deemed to constitute acts of interference within the meaning of this Article.

With additional regard to those commitments by the Egyptian government under Convention No. 87 concerning Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize approved by the International Labour Conference on July 9, 1948, which stipulates the following …

Article 1

Each Member of the International Labour Organisation for which this Convention is in force undertakes to give effect to the following provisions.

Article 2

Workers and employers, without distinction whatsoever, shall have the right to establish and, subject only to the rules of the organisation concerned, to join organisations of their own choosing without previous authorisation.

Article 3

1. Workers’ and employers’ organisations shall have the right to draw up their constitutions and rules, to elect their representatives in full freedom, to organise their administration and activities and to formulate their programmes.

2. The public authorities shall refrain from any interference which would restrict this right or impede the lawful exercise thereof.

Article 4

Workers’ and employers’ organisations shall not be liable to be dissolved or suspended by administrative authority.

Article 5

Workers’ and employers’ organisations shall have the right to establish and join federations and confederations and any such organisation, federation or confederation shall have the right to affiliate with international organisations of workers and employers.

Article 6

The provisions of Articles 2, 3 and 4 hereof apply to federations and confederations of workers’ and employers’ organisations.

Article 7

The acquisition of legal personality by workers’ and employers’ organisations, federations and confederations shall not be made subject to conditions of such a character as to restrict the application of the provisions of Articles 2, 3 and 4 hereof.

Article 11

Each Member of the International Labour Organisation for which this Convention is in force undertakes to take all necessary and appropriate measures to ensure that workers and employers may exercise freely the right to organise.

The cases mentioned in this memorandum were subject to abuse at the hands of employers, whether in the public or the private sectors. The General Union for Real Estate Tax Workers therefore directs, on its own behalf and that of the sponsors of this memorandum from among the working men and women of Egypt, its demands to the ILO. Given that this abuse has taken various forms, from suspension, to transfer to distant work locations, to the reduction and elimination of incentives and the elimination of bonuses of various types and fixed pay deductions, in addition to being subject to discrimination from the General Unions under the Federation of the Egyptian Trade Unions by freezing workers’ union membership in order to facilitate their dismissal or the discrimination by the employers, all in disagreement with the ILO conventions and its constitution, the General Union for Real Estate Tax Workers therefore directs, on its own behalf and that of the sponsors of this memorandum from among the working men and women of Egypt, the following demands:

  • Intervention for the lifting of all arbitrary sanctions placed on workers.
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  • Intervention to compel all employers to implement judiciary provisions issued in the interest of workers.
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  • Intervention to overturn all administrative decisions arbitrarily issued against workers.
Name of worker Unfair measures/punishment Employer
Fadil Abd al-Fadeel Ali Transfer from work then arbitrary dismissal Indorama Shebin Textiles Co.
Moussa Muhammad Moussa Transfer from Indorama Shebin Textiles Co. factory in Menoufiya to the company’s warehouses in Alexandria Indorama Shebin Textiles Co.
Ragab Muhammad al-Shimi Transfer from work then arbitrary dismissal Indorama Shebin Textiles Co.
Samir Ali al-Qazaz Transfer from work then arbitrary dismissal Indorama Shebin Textiles Co.
Muhammad Abd al-Magid Abd al-Aziz Basiouni Dismissal Indorama Shebin Textiles Co.
Ahmad Muhammad al-Agami Dismissal Indorama Shebin Textiles Co.
Wael Abd al-Lateef Shadeed Dismissal Indorama Shebin Textiles Co.
Sherif al-Deeb Dismissal Indorama Shebin Textiles Co.
Rashad Sha’ban Suspension from work followed by dismissal Misr El-Amria Co., Alexandria
Ali Hassan Qenawi Suspension from work followed by dismissal Misr El-Amria Co., Alexandria
Wael Muhammad Abd al-Wahhab Habib Transfer from Misr Spinning and Weaving Co,. Mahalla al-Kubra, to Cairo office;

reduction of wages by the value of periodic increases

Misr Spinning and Weaving Co,. Mahalla al-Kubra
Tamer Fayez al-Metwally Reduction of wages by the value of periodic increases Misr Spinning and Weaving Co,. Mahalla al-Kubra
Mustafa Fouda Reduction of wages by the value of periodic increases, then dismissal Misr Spinning and Weaving Co,. Mahalla al-Kubra
Abd al-Kareem Al- Bihairi Transfer from Misr Spinning and Weaving Co,. Mahalla al-Kubra, to Cairo office, then dismissal Misr Spinning and Weaving Co,. Mahalla al-Kubra
Gihad Abd al-Hadi Toman Company pursuing legal proceedings against worker, along with one colleague and three ‘Al-Dostor’ journalists, on charges of defamation, due to statements made to newspapers concerning workers’ demands Misr Spinning and Weaving Co,. Mahalla al-Kubra
Faisal Laqousha Transfer from Misr Spinning and Weaving Co,. Mahalla al-Kubra, to Cairo office, and witholding of pay rises Misr Spinning and Weaving Co,. Mahalla al-Kubra
Abd al-Qader al-Deeb Transfer from Misr Spinning and Weaving Co,. Mahalla al-Kubra, to Alexandria office Misr Spinning and Weaving Co,. Mahalla al-Kubra
Gamal Abu al-Is’aad Suspension from work for two months Misr Spinning and Weaving Co,. Mahalla al-Kubra
Ahmad Tawfiq Withholding of overtime pay Misr Spinning and Weaving Co,. Mahalla al-Kubra
Muhammad Muhammad al-Attar Transfer from Misr Spinning and Weaving Co,. Mahalla al-Kubra, to Alexandria office Misr Spinning and Weaving Co,. Mahalla al-Kubra
Widad al-Demerdash Transfer from employment in production to creche Misr Spinning and Weaving Co,. Mahalla al-Kubra
Amal Abd al-Salam al-Sa’eed Transfer from employment in production to creche Misr Spinning and Weaving Co,. Mahalla al-Kubra
Tareq Abd al-Hamid Amin Abd al-Hamid Reduction of wages by the value of periodic increases Misr Spinning and Weaving Co,. Mahalla al-Kubra
Eqad abd al-Aziz Tantawi Dismissal Tanta Flax Co.
Ali Fathi Abu Leila Dismissal Tanta Flax Co.
Ghareeb Hassan Saqr Suspension Misr Iran Textile Company (MIRATEX), Suez
Muhammad Abd al-Aziz Atiya Suspension Misr Iran Textile Company (MIRATEX), Suez
Mahmoud Muhsin Suspension Misr Iran Textile Company (MIRATEX), Suez
Muhammad Rifa’i Hussein Suspension Misr Iran Textile Company (MIRATEX), Suez
Yousef Abd Allah al-Sayyid Suspension Misr Iran Textile Company (MIRATEX), Suez
Ayman Muhammad Abu Khudair Suspension Misr Iran Textile Company (MIRATEX), Suez
Muhammad al-Sayyid Abd al-Aziz Suspension Misr Iran Company, Mina al-Qamh
Abdel Aziz Mohamed Abdel Allah Suspension Misr Iran Company, Minia al-Qamh
Gaber Abd al-Wahhab Suspension Egyptian Company for Weaving Factories Suez
Hassan Abd Allah Hassan Isma’il Suspension Abu Al-Sabaa Co., Mahalla al-Kubra
Abd al-Aziz Mahmoud al-Darini Suspension Abu Al-Sabaa Co., Mahalla al-Kubra
Hassan Ala’ Hassan al Sabki Suspension Abu Al-Sabaa Co., Mahalla al-Kubra
Ahmad Sa’d Ahmad al-Bili Suspension Abu Al-Sabaa Co., Mahalla al-Kubra
Muhammad al-Sayyid Atiya Atiya Suspension Abu Al-Sabaa Co., Mahalla al-Kubra
Muhammad Jabr al-Ashamawi Suspension Abu Al-Sabaa Co., Mahalla al-Kubra
Muhammad al-Ashamawi Sadiq Suspension Abu Al-Sabaa Co., Mahalla al-Kubra
Ali Mahmoud Ali Sarhan Suspension Abu Al-Sabaa Co., Mahalla al-Kubra
Muhammad Hassan Hafez Haggag Pursuit of legal proceedings against worker on charges he has been accused and cleared of on more than one occasion;

freezing of union membership twice due to opposition to corruption and demands for colleagues’ rights

Canal Harbor & Great Projects Co., Ismalilia
Nagy Rashad Abd al-Salam Suspension South Cairo Mills Co.
All members of the union council at South Cairo and Giza Grinding Mills Co. Were subject to investigation at the General Union for Food Industries in March 2009 on the claim of breaching the General Union’s code of ethics by organising a protest and not notifying the union South Cairo and Giza Grinding Mills Co.
Ayman Abdel Salam Transferred from work in May 2010 for asking management to implement the court rulings issued in favour of his colleague Nagui Rashad South Cairo and Giza Grinding Mills Co.
Adel El Ashmouny Transferred from work in May 2010 for asking management to implement the court rulings issued in favour of his colleague Nagui Rashad South Cairo and Giza Grinding Mills Co.
Muhammad Hamasa Sa’ad Dismissal Egypt National Post Authority Kafr El Sheikh
Ahmed Farouq Transfer from Rameses postal office to Madinat el Salam and later, El Menya National Post Authority, Cairo
Hussein Ali Surour Trial on charges of libel and defamation owing to his comments to newspapers reflecting workers’ demands Atlas General Corp. for Real Estate Contracting and Investment
Yasser Mohammed Hussein Trial on charges of libel and defamation owing to his comments to newspapers reflecting workers’ demands Atlas General Corp. for Real Estate Contracting and Investment
Nabila Abu El Naga Morsi Beaten. dragged and harassed on her way to the company for a sit-in, most recently tried for trumped up charges Damanhour Electric Co.
Mohammed Abdu Dismissal Sham’edan Food Industries Co. Alexandria
Ashraf Sayyed Dismissal Temporary employees at Minya University
Walid Samih Mohammed Dismissal Temporary employees at Minya University
Noha Mohammed Adel Dismissal Temporary employees at Minya University
Radwa Ahmed Shehata Dismissal Temporary employees at Minya University
Ahmed Zein el Abdeen Dismissal Employee at Hennawi Smoke Co. in Damanhour
Sa’ud Omar Barred from entering Suez Canal Authority workplaces Unionist from the Suez Canal Authority
Dawlat Ahmed Abd El ‘Al Membership frozen by General Union without investigation, submitted to trial on trumped up charges Assistant Secretary-General of Syndicate Committee at Al Nasr Fertilizers Co. in Suez
Karim Mohammed Reda Contract termination and threat of fabricated charges Petrotrade Co. for Trade and Petroleum Services
Mohammed Zaki Ismail Ahmed Dismissal due to demands for equal treatment with colleagues Petrotrade Co. for Trade and Petroleum Services
Nagi Madbouli Mohammadein Barred from entering the company, followed by dismissal due to demands for equal treatment with colleagues Petrotrade Co. for Trade and Petroleum Services
Ibrahim Abdellatif Ibrahim el Azazi, Head of the Syndicate Committee at La Farge Co. Dismissal, arrest and torture for two days by State Security on charges of incitement of workers to protest and strike La Farge Cement Co.
Seham Shouadah Dismissal Al Ahali Newspaper
All members of the union Referred to the general union of food industries in March 2009 to be subject to interrogation for staging a sit-in without consulting the general union South Cairo Mills Co.
Ayman Abdel Salam Transferred to another work place in May 2010 due to calling for putting the court rulings in favor of Nagi Rashad into action South Cairo Mills Co.
Adel al- Ashmony Transferred to another work place in May 2010 due to calling for putting the court rulings in favor of Nagi Rashad into action South Cairo Mills Co.
Mustafa Mahmoud Moussa Prevented from receiving his salary because his wife works in the labor office that registered complaints against the company Alexandria Ghabbour for Buses
Ahmed Ibrahim Mohamed Dismissal due complaining from corruptive practices by the medical department Public Printing House
Ashraf al-Bahnasawy Deprived of bonuses and treatment, then suspended for demanding that the employer pays the whole cost of his treatment Public Printing House
Mohamed Abdou Mohamed Dismissal for demanding a rise in wages Suez Sugar Company
Mohamed Abdullah Qomssan Dismissal for demanding a rise in wages Suez Sugar Company
Al-Amir Sayed Mohamed Dismissal for demanding a rise in wages Suez Sugar Company
Ashraf Mohamed Abdel Tawab Dismissal for demanding a rise in wages Suez Sugar Company
Ayman Taha Abdel ‘Al Dismissal for demanding a rise in wages Suez Sugar Company
Hamdy Sabry Dismissal for demanding a rise in wages Suez Sugar Company
Gharib el-Sayed Gharib Dismissal for demanding a rise in wages Suez Sugar Company
Mohamed Noah Mamdouh Dismissal for demanding a rise in wages Suez Sugar Company
Sameh el-Amir Dismissal for demanding a rise in wages Suez Sugar Company
Yasser Mohamed Dismissal for demanding a rise in wages Suez Sugar Company
Ahmed Fikry el-Sayed Dismissal for demanding a rise in wages Suez Sugar Company
Ossama Gamal Abdel Latif Dismissal for demanding a rise in wages Suez Sugar Company
Amr el-Qobeissi Dismissal for demanding a rise in wages Suez Sugar Company
Ahmed Ismail Taha Dismissal for demanding a rise in wages Suez Sugar Company
Dismissal of 87 workers due to demanding bonuses and a share in the company’s profits Egyptian Jordanian Company for Switches
Dismissal of six unionists for their role in forming the union Aveco for Food Industries in Suez
Ibrahim Abdel Latif al-Azazi Dismissal for allegedly inciting a strike Lafarge
Hamdy Addel ‘Aty Dismissal for allegedly inciting a strike Lafarge
Ayman Fereg Dismissal for allegedly inciting a strike Lafarge
Mahmoud Mabrouk Dismissal for demanding a workers’ share in profits Al-Mustaqbal for producing gas cylinders – 6 October City
Khaled Abdel Samad Mohamed Dismissal for demanding a workers’ share in profits Al-Mustaqbal for producing gas cylinders – 6 October City
Ossama Saber Dismissal for demanding a workers’ share in profits Al-Mustaqbal for producing gas cylinders – 6 October City
Ossama Abdel Qader Dismissal for demanding a workers’ share in profits Al-Mustaqbal for producing gas cylinders – 6 October City
Yaseer el-Sayed Dismissal for demanding a workers’ share in profits Al-Mustaqbal for producing gas cylinders – 6 October City
Sayed Nadi Dismissal for demanding a workers’ share in profits Al-Mustaqbal for producing gas cylinders – 6 October City
Ramadan Mohamed Dismissal for demanding a workers’ share in profits Al-Mustaqbal for producing gas cylinders – 6 October City
Mohamed Abul Yazid Dismissal for demanding a workers’ share in profits Al-Mustaqbal for producing gas cylinders – 6 October City
Sayed Abdel Ghaffar Dismissal for demanding a workers’ share in profits Al-Mustaqbal for producing gas cylinders – 6 October City
Mahmoud Abdel Meguid Dismissal for demanding a workers’ share in profits Al-Mustaqbal for producing gas cylinders – 6 October City
Ali Eweis Dismissal for demanding a workers’ share in profits Al-Mustaqbal for producing gas cylinders – 6 October City
Hafez Naguib Dismissal for demanding a workers’ share in profits Al-Mustaqbal for producing gas cylinders – 6 October City
Salah Abdel Fattah Dismissal for demanding a workers’ share in profits Al-Mustaqbal for producing gas cylinders – 6 October City
Mahmoud Sayed Mahmoud Dismissal for demanding a workers’ share in profits Al-Mustaqbal for producing gas cylinders – 6 October City
Khairy Mohamed Marzouk Freezing the membership in the union council at the Nile Company for Cotton Ginning in Minia  by the General Union for Spining and Weaving Industries due to the first’s resistance to the liquidation of the plant and its demands for worekrs’ rights. President of the Union Council at the Nile Company for Cotton Ginning in Minia
Diaa El Din Mohamed Morsi Vice President of the Union Council at the Nile Company for Cotton Ginning in Minia
Magdi Michel Fahim Secretary of the Union Council at the Nile Company for Cotton Ginning in Minia
Mahmoud Aly Ibrahim Treasurer of the Union Council at the Nile Company for Cotton Ginning in Minia
Kadri Salah Fahmy Member of the Union Council at the Nile Company for Cotton Ginning in Minia
Rabie Aly Hamad Member of the Union Council at the Nile Company for Cotton Ginning in Minia
Reda Sayed Dergham Member of the Union Council at the Nile Company for Cotton Ginning in Minia
Atteya Saber Sayed Member of the Union Council at the Nile Company for Cotton Ginning in Minia
Fatma Ahmed Omar The health department at Assiut governorate warned 32 rural female guides at the different districts and villages of dismissal. They received the dismissal warnings at the police station, after the leaders refused to sign work contracts that lack major working rights, especially after working for 17 continious years and demanding to be given stable work contracts and equalising their conditions to those working in the country with stable work contracts. Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Kamilia Kamal Hussein Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Suad Abdel Al Darwish Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Hanem Ahmed Sayed Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Kamilia Ahmed Sayed Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Mona Shaban Osman Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Mona Othman Abdel Al Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Mona Abdel Sami Gaber Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Sabrine Mohamed Fawzi Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Samya Ahmed Mohamed Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Ahlam Gaber Hassanein Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Afaf Sayed Ahmed Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Sakina Mohamed Shehata Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Nabila Atef Thabet Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Soad Hamdan Abdel Sami Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Sahar Abdel Satar Soliman Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Roqaya Kamel Nassar Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Fatma Ahmed Hussein Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Sabah Mohamadein Ahmed Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Hanan Abdel Azim Mohamed Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Inshirah Saad Abdel Wadoud Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Badreya Shaaban Zaki Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Amal Mohamed Salem Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Hanan Ramadan Mohamed Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Sahar Hassan Mohamed Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Wafaa Samir Ahmed Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Amal Hussein Farag Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Soad Darwish Mustafa Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Reda Abdel Zaher Mahmoud Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Howaida Mahmoud Omar Rural guides in Assiut Governorate
Amal Moseilhi Penalty upon practicing her right to protest in demand of rights Nurse at Tanta Hospital

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