The efforts of both the Minister of Labor Force and Migration, representing the Egyptian government, and the secretary general of the "governmental" General Federation of Egyptian Trade Unions, representative of the workers' delegation, failed on June 14 and 15 2019 to convince the delegations of participant states with the exception of three governments that do not enjoy a great popularity among their citizens: Sudan, Algeria, and Brazil. This failure was due to the use by Egyptian representatives of stratagems and lies that were clearly identified by the other delegations and ILO experts.
These two Egyptian representatives announced the will to cooperate with ILO and its committee of experts and declared that the government has already resent Law 213/2017 to the Parliament in order to introduce the amendments previously recommended by ILO experts, and that the parliamentarian labor force committee has endorsed the proposed changes. Moreover, they added that both the government and the Federation are ready to introduce additional amendments if needed to achieve compatibility between the Law and international conventions and standards. In addition, the Egyptian government requested through its representative that ILO provides its technical support in developing the Law and in defining all the needed procedures to avoid the remarks expressed by the follow-up committee of the Egyptian case. Finally, the government pledged itself to organize elections for trade unions whose legal status was not settled as well as for the newly established ones.
Based on the will to redress the losses resulting from the governmental legislation and the practices of the Labor Force and Migration Ministry and its directorates, and to have Egypt removed from the black list and its international reputation improved to be seen as an attractive society for investments rather than a repulsive one, the campaign for the defense of trade unions' freedoms and workers' rights calls for:
Cairo, June 25, 2019