Egypt: independent union at IFFCO under attack
Workers at the IFFCO edible oils factory in Suez, Egypt are fighting to defend their independent union. When the workers went on strike in a dispute over wages in December, the company filed a police report against 15 workers, including 9 union members. On December 29, police raided the homes of the union president and general secretary and four other workers. And on January 3, police stormed the factory and arrested 13 striking workers. On January 29 the workers were all acquitted in a Suez court of 'inciting' a strike, but 17 IFFCO workers including the union President, Vice-President and General Secretary are barred from returning to work.
The attack on the IFFCO union follows severe repression against the Cairo bus workers and Alexandria shipyard workers and their unions. The state-controlled Egyptian Trade Union Federation (ETUF) is an integral part of the machinery of repression. The ETUF has denounced the independent union and called on IFFCO management to refuse to recognize it. The company has used ETUF's intervention to cease deducting workers' membership fees and continue the anti-union campaign.
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It is now more urgent than ever to support workers in Egypt fighting to preserve the space for independent organization they struggled for in the democratic upsurge which toppled Mubarak.
IFFCO Egypt is part of the IFFCO group of companies based in the United Arab Emirates, with manufacturing sites in ten countries. IFFCO is owned by India's giant Allana Group, a major transnational producer of processed food products.