Your Excellency / Minister of Manpower
The undersigned trade union organizations present this letter to you hoping that the issues included therein receive due attention:
The situation of many trade union organizations is still unsettled as the procedures of their legalization were not finalized. This is happening in spite of the fact that they submitted their applications including all information and supported by all needed documents, and of the fact that similar organizations were legalized based on similar documents, and even without submission of these documents in some cases.
Until now, the Ministry of Manpower did not give any reasonable justification. Not legalizing the situation of these organizations was unsubstantiated by fact or law. All of them have endured strong pressures to forcefully join the Egyptian Trade Unions Federation (ETUF).
The Law on Trade Union Organizations and Protection of the Right to Organize, Law no. 213 for the year 2017, didn’t prohibit the establishment of more than one union in the same establishment, city or governorate. It also did not prohibit the establishment of more than one sectoral union in each industrial sector. However, the Ministry and its directorates completely refused the legalization of any trade union organization that has an ETUF counterpart.
This attitude was evident on the part of the Ministry, and it was supported by many statements by a number of its officials in different directorates and even in the Central Bureau of the Ministry. This is against the law and contradicts the pledges of the government in the Parliament and in the meeting with the direct contacts mission of the ILO.
Forcing any trade union to join the ETUF against their will is a flagrant violation of freedom of association and the right to organize, and violates the rights protected by article 76 of the Egyptian Constitution as well as ILO Convention no.87.
Thus, we demand from your Excellency the completion of the procedures of the legalization of all unions that remain pending.
These unions completed their legalization process. Thus, the obstruction of their work is not substantiated by fact or law. So, we demand enabling them of holding elections, elect their administrative boards, and submit their documents accordingly.
Whereas we present these conditions, we confirm the rights of all trade union organizations which are not members of the ETUF to legalize their situation, complete the procedures of their establishment, fulfill all legal, organizational and formal requirements, practice their activities, and enjoy full freedom.
Trade union organizations submit this letter asking for the achievement of their demands, the speedy settlement of all pending situations, and enabling them to perform their role and practice their activities.
Name of the Union
Signature of the Legal Representative
The Union of Workers in the Egyptian Ambulance Authority
The Union of Small Farmers in Al-Beheira
Abdel-Fatah Abdel-Aziz Mohamed
The Union of Mining Workers in the Governorate of Al-Menya
Yasser Fouad Mohamed
The Union of Workers in the Faculty of Law, Ain Shams University
Hesham Ismail Mohamed
The Union for Drivers Services in Al-Qaliobeya
Mohamed Naguib Abdel-Rahman
The Union of the Cairo Metro Company
Yasser Salah El-Sayed Dagher
The Union of Fishermen in the Governorate of Domyat
Ahmed Roshdy Ahmed Al-Maghraby
The Union of Edku Fishermen
Mohamed Al-sayed Al-Rashedy
The Union of Workers in Film and Cinema Industry
The Union of Cotton Workers
The Union of Drivers and Workers in Transportation
Mohamed Sayed Mohamed Fath El-Bab
The Union of Workers in Telecom Egypt
Mohamed Abou Qoraysh
The Union for Workers in Transportation in Greater Cairo
The Union for Workers in Qous Educational Department – Qena
The Union of the Forgings Company
The Union of Workers in the Clubs of the Suez Canal Authority
Karam Abdel-Haliem Mohamed Mahmoud
The Independent Union of Workers in the Library of Alexandria
The Union of Workers in Real Estate Taxation Authority in Bani Suef
The Union of Workers in Real Estate Taxation Authority in Qena
The Union of Workers in Real Estate Taxation Authority in Assiut
Abdel-Wahab Mohamed Anwar
The Union of Workers in Real Estate Taxation Authority in Giza
The Union of Workers in Real Estate Taxation Authority in Cairo
The Union of Workers in the Central Bureau of the Tax Authority and the Archives Department
Mostafa Abou Sab'
The Union of Workers in Real Estate Taxation Authority in Port Said
The Union of Workers in Real Estate Taxation Authority in Al-Beheira
Ashraf Gad Wagieh Zayed
The Union of Workers in Real Estate Taxation Authority in Al-Daqahleya
Mohammed Abou Khadra
The Union of Workers in Real Estate Taxation Authority in Al-Gharbeya
The Union of Workers in Real Estate Taxation Authority in Kafr El-Sheikh
The General Union for Workers in Real Estate Taxation Authority
Tarek Mostafa Ko'eib
The Independent Union of Teachers in Cairo
The Independent Union of Teachers in Alexandria
The Independent Union of Teachers in As-Sharkeya
Hesham Abou Kamel
The Union of Workers in Nile Linen Group Company
The Union of El-Nasr Company for Spinning and Textile
The Union for Builders in Al-Mahala Al-Kobra
The Union of Workers in Pharmacies in Cairo
The Union of Workers in Supplies in Ismailia
The Union of Workers in Mondelez Egypt Company
Atef Mohamed Morsy
The Union of Transportation Workers in Port Said
Gamal Yehya Mahmoud Abdel-Baky
The Independent Union of workers in the Department of Radio Engineering