We always condemn the laborers, taking the owners and share holders’ side without asking; why the laborers are cutting the high roads or protesting? The truth is; that although we all belong to farmer and working families in Egypt, barely surviving on the minimal resources we are left to share, we somehow end up trampling on our own people’s rights while defending the causes of the thieves who destroyed the economy of our country and our future.
This theory could match the story of Ceramic Cleopatra’s Workers. They are asking for simple right and legal laws that organize the relations between them and their employer; Mohamed Abu Al Eineen. Those rights are usually obtained under Labor and Employment Law, but in Egypt, there are no benefits that we can get out of these laws, as they are not implemented on the ground.
Workers of Ceramic Cleopatra are asking for decent salaries, benefits, and safe working conditions and the right to unionize. Those rights should be ordinary as long as the owner or the investor would get high profits out of their factory, but for Ceramic Cleopatra, Mohamed Abu Al Eineen, deceived his workers in the beginning of their movement, promising that he will implement all their claims gradually, starting with improving their salaries by October 2011. October passed without anything but neglect and indifference, in fact Abu Al Eineen ended up firing some of the movement’s leaders.
Most of the people do not know that the industry of Ceramics is forbidden in most of the civilized countries all over the world, as it is very much dangerous, affecting the lungs badly. Naturally, a man working in such an industry should be secured with full health insurance, or else he will retire in a very early age, and will not be able to work in any other job.
When Ceramic Cleopatra’s workers cut the desert high way of Ismailia, Cairo; we dealt with the news as a burden on our daily life, taking the side of Mohamed Abu Al Aineen, repeating sentences like (production wheel) and (collapsing economy), without asking the main question: why did people of Egypt revolt in the first place?
We revolted to improve the quality of life for all the classes especially for the workers and farmers, to build up a strong economy by the working man’s hands. We revolted to help improve the work and life condition as a first step on the long rude of building a new Egypt for all of us all.
Dear Egyptians, instead of taking the side of Mohamed Abu Al Eineen, help Ceramic Cleopatra’s workers to win their Battle, help all the Egyptian workers live with their families as true human beings.