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A society aspiring to enjoy a certain degree of real stability which allows it to grow and develop cannot do without social dialogue and collective bargaining on the interests of its various groups which finds through these tools the way to participation in policy making or at least to affect and amend the policy making process. Such necessities cannot be realized without social leaders who not only sit around the negotiation table but also should combine all the forms of pressure and lobbying exercised and led by the civil society organizations.
Activating social dialogue and collective negotiations mechanisms may be the only way to avoid unrest which brings malicious results and to reign the trend to violence and extremism which appear in the Egyptian society in the absence of the necessary tools for social dialogue and debate between the different social categories with the independent trade unions on the vanguard. It is through these tools and mechanisms that social groups can express their interests and exercise their organized influence on policy making.
Let us consider all these issues and challenges together. The Center for Trade Union and Workers Services “CTUWS” organized during 25-26 March 2010 a seminar entitled:
“The Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining
… A Possible Better World … Starts here.”
The Seminar hosted representatives of the international trade union federations and brings together trade unionists and labour affairs experts from European, African and Arab countries side by side with Egyptian rights activists, representatives of the Egyptian civil society organizations, labour activities from different governorates, work sites and various industrial sectors.
The agenda included negotiations mechanisms and dynamics, collective bargaining experience in different countries. International labour standards and methods of enforcement and problems in Egyptian legislative structure at the present time. Participants also discussed why collective negotiations mechanisms malfunction and consider ways and means for developing these mechanisms.
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Opening Session of the 1st day
The address of Mr. kamal Abbas, the General Coordinator of CTUWS
Opening Session of the 1st day
The address of Mr. Stephen Benedict, the director of human and trade union rights department at ITUC
Second Session of the 1st day on the Right of Egyptian Workers to Form Their Independent Unions
From right to left: Mr. Jean Francois Courbe, Responsible for Euro-Mediterranean Activities at CGT France - Mr. Stephen Benedict, the director of human and trade union rights department at ITUC- Dr. Ahmed Hassan El Borae’i, Professor and Head of the Social Legislations Department, Faculty of Law, Cairo University - Ms. Rahmaa Refaat, programs coordinator at CTUWS
Third Session of the 1st day on Collective Bargaining.. Development of Organizations, mechanisms and Dynamics
From right to left: Ms. Alejandra Ortega, Responsible for Arabic Countries, Africa and Asia at CCOO-Spain- Mr. Leo Mesman, Policy Advisor Netherlands Trade Union Confederation FNV- Mr. Bill George, President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO - Mr. Philippe Réau from CFDT. Service International et Europe in France- Mr. Gian Franco Benzi, Representative of CGIL
Fourth Session of the 2nd day on Difficulties that face the Egyptian Labour Movement
From right to left: Mr. Sayed Habib, A labour leader from Mahala Spinning Co. - Mr. Mohamed Abd Alaziz Shaaban, Member to People’s Assembly - Mr. Kamal Abu Eitta, President of RETA Union - Mr. Nabeel Abd Al Ghanee, Member to Council of Pension Holders union's founders’
The address of Mr. Ghassan Slaiby, Sub-Regional Secretary for Arab Countries at the Public Services International (PSI) on "Magnification of the Egyptian Labour Movement’s opportunities. ………….. How?"
From right to left: Mr. Kamal Abbas, the General Coordinator of CTUWS - Mr. Ghassan Slaiby