Workers from Alexandria Shipyard will be forced to wait another month to find out the verdict in their trial before a military court on charges of “incitement to strike” and “refraining from work”. Military judges in Alexandria once again postponed the hearing in their trial until 18 October. Twenty-six workers from the shipyard are on trial and 14 will endure another month in police custody.
The case has sparked widespread condemnation within Egypt, and an international solidarity campaign which is backed by trade unionists from Korea, Greece, the UK and many other countries.
What you can do
- Pass a resolution through your trade union branch (model text for UK trade unions online here: model-motion) to build the solidarity campaign
- Share the letter from Egyptian trade unionists calling for global solidarity with the shipyard workers with trade union colleagues: https://egyptsolidarityinitiative.org/alexshipyardopenletter/” The letter and solidarity calls are also available in other languages: [한국어] [ελληνικά] [français] [Español] [português]
- Send a message to President Sisi of Egypt calling on him to free the shipyard workers and end military trials for civilians. Write to: Office of the President Al Ittihadia Palace, Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt, Fax: +202 2 391 1441, Email: email@example.com, Twitter: @AlsisiOfficial
- Organise a solidarity picture and share with us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/egypt.solidarity.initiative/) and Twitter (@Egy_Solidarity). Download posters for your action here: https://egyptsolidarityinitiative.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/alexshipyard_a4poster.pdf
Background resources and further information are online here: https://egyptsolidarityinitiative.org/alexshipyard