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Egypt: Free jailed shipyard workers

In partnership with the Center for Trade Union & Workers' Services (CTUWS), an Egyptian non-governmental organization established by labour leaders and activists in March 1990 to defend their democratic, economic and social rights.

In late May this year, workers at the shipyard docks in Alexandria organized a peaceful protest. Company management had refused to negotiate with them and rejected their demands. Following their protest, the workers were summoned by the military prosecution for interrogation. Fifteen workers presented themselves voluntarily and were surprised when they were all apprehended (except for one woman worker who was released on bail). An apprehension warrant was issued against the remaining eleven workers. The workers remain in jail as they await sentencing. Those jailed workers and their families have no incomes, while the other workers are on the run and could be apprehended at any time.

The Center for Trade Union and Worker Services (CTUWS) demands the immediate release of the jailed shipyard workers and calls on the international labour movement and human rights supporters to show solidarity.

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