CTUWSCenter for Trade Union and Workers' Services (Egypt)
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The critical years after the Egyptian revolution saw three competing trade union confederations: the ETUF, the Egyptian Democratic Labour Confederation (EDLC) that grew out of Abbas's CTUWS, and the EFITU, the original independent federation Abu Eita had helped found.
CTUWS noted that striking is a right guaranteed by the constitution and all international conventions signed by Egypt.
The CTUWS described the ministry's decision as"churlish assault" on the principle of trade unions' independence.
"The CTUWS announces solidarity with the legitimate demands of the workers, and demands that those responsible for the brutal assault on the workers be held responsible," read the NGO's official statement.
CTUWS said the factory's management and director of security decided to end the strike by force, using live ammunition to intimidate the striking workers.
According to a statement by the CTUWS, the independent unions decided "to employ all efforts and perseverance in order to achieve the goal and dream of the Egyptian labour movement to create a workers union that is independent of the government".
The Center for Trade Union and Workers Services (CTUWS) and the Egyptian Democratic Labor Congress (EDLC) opposed the nomination of Sayed Al-Bastaweesy for the manpower and immigration ministry.
Kamal Abbas, general coordinator of Center for Trade Unions and Workers Services (CTUWS), previously told DNE, "The ETUF is illegitimate and must be disbanded because its membership is compulsory - contrary to the rules of syndicates - its elections were proven to be forged by court rulings and [its officials] participated in actions against the revolution."
Kamal Abbas, general coordinator of the Center for Trade Unions and Workers Services (CTUWS) said that the elections will not take place.
According to the Center for Trade Union and Worker Services (CTUWS), the military police has summoned the five workers to meet with the military general in order to discuss their demands, only to be arrested in the Galaa Camp.
The Center for Trade Union and Workers' Services (CTUWS) pointed in a statement on Monday to several attempts to establish independent unions that were thwarted or delayed for various reasons.
Fahmy is currently participating in the International Labor Organization's (ILO) general assembly in Geneva, where during one of the sessions, Kamal Abbas, general coordinator of the Center for Workers and Trade Unions Services (CTUWS), reportedly interrupted his speech, accusing the ETUF of killing protesters during the January 25 Revolution.