Egypt Watch

CTUWS: Elections of trade unions federation was a fraud

The Center for Trade Union and Workers Services (CTUWS) criticized what the general union elections witnessed, pointing out that it seems complicated to achieve any change, however, limited, in the upper levels of the General Federation of Egyptian Trade Unions. The organization had warned against security interference in the union elections, noting that this may lead to losing confidence in the electoral process.

Karam Abdel Halim, head of the Union Committee of the Suez Canal Clubs, an independent union, had said that he was forced to visit the National Security Agency after his candidacy papers were refused to be approved in the current labour elections, claiming that there were instructions from the agency not to allow his documents to be processed. Abdel Halim, a leftist Bread and Freedom Party member, added that National Security officers had told him that they did not want him to run. The CTUWS said that what Abdel Halim was subjected to was not just an isolated case, as many union leaders were subjected to pressures and threats that practically deprived them of their right to run for elections.

The National Security Agency systematically prevents people from running in union elections by threatening them or not enabling them to obtain the necessary papers, according to human rights and labour organizations.