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15 Mar 2015

Adham Youssef, Daily News Egypt

Labour rights campaign: Egypt undermines labour rights to attract investment

"Egypt undermines labour rights to attract investment: Rights campaign", 15 March 2015

A campaign entitled “Towards a Fair Labour Law” presented last week a draft of the Labour Law to the Ministry of Manpower citing “unfair” articles in the current law...The campaign, which includes labour activists, rights lawyers, politicians, and syndicate representatives, argued that the government-lead Labour Law does not meet workers’ aspirations. “The current law aims to exploit the workers, waste their rights, and only target the interests of businessmen, company administrations,” the campaign said...Egyptian workers have for long demand inclusion in the minimum income system, which the government adopted in September 2014...In addition, the article which the group emphasised was “worker’s right to strike in accordance to international agreements”, as well as ensuring the rights of women labour...