Education International (EI)  has issued a statement  welcoming the foundation of a new union federation in Egypt The new Egyptian Federation for Independent Unions was set up last week. As I write the government of Hosni Mubarak is orchestrating violence on the streets against the demonstrators, who are calling for an end to his dictatorial rule. Five demonstrators have been killed in the last day and hundreds injured. The demonstrators are calling for another day of mass protests tomorrow at the start of the Egyptian weekend. EI has also condemned the violence in its statement. To read it in full go to: