Teachers and Others Demonstrating in Wisconsin The co-ordinator of the new Egyptian trade union federation has sent solidarity to those in the US struggling against attacks by state governments As reported on this website teachers in Wisconsin and Tennessee are engaged in a protracted struggle against plans to take away their negotiation rights and turn schools into results factories. They are fighting alongside other public sector workers and students. Now Kamal Abbas, general coordinator of the independent Egyptian Centre for Trade Unions and Workers Services (CTUWS) has sent a message of solidarity from Cairo, which is reported on the AFL-CIO website. I am pasting the text of his message below:
I am speaking to you from a place very close to Tahrir Square in Cairo, “Liberation Square,” which was the heart of the Revolution in Egypt. This is the place were many of our youth paid with their lives and blood in the struggle for our just rights. From this place, I want you to know that we stand with you as you stood with us. I want you to know that no power can challenge the will of the people when they believe in their rights. When they raise their voices loud and clear and struggle against exploitation. No one believed that our revolution could succeed against the strongest dictatorship in the region. But in 18 days the revolution achieved the victory of the people…. We want you to know that we stand on your side. Stand firm and don’t waiver. Don’t give up on your rights. Victory always belongs to the people who stand firm and demand their just rights. We and all the people of the world stand on your side and give you our full support. As our just struggle for freedom, democracy and justice succeeded, your struggle will succeed. Victory belongs to you when you stand firm and remain steadfast in demanding your just rights. A link to the website can be found here: http://www.egyptworkersolidarity.org/