Egypt’s Generals Declare ClassWar:
Order Ban On Union Meetings“Effectively Forbidding Strikes”
“And Tell All Egyptians To Get Back ToWork”
February 13, 2011 by Marwa Awad and Alistair Lyon, ReutersCAIRO - Egypt’s new military rulers will issue a warning on Monday against anyone whocreates “chaos and disorder”, an army source said.
The Higher Military Council will also ban meetings by labor unions or professionalsyndicates, effectively forbidding strikes, and tell all Egyptians to get back to workafter the unrest that toppled Hosni Mubarak.
Workers from the health and culture ministries staged demonstrations as Egyptiansbegan venting pent-up frustrations.Thousands of workers have staged strikes, sit-ins and protests over pay and conditionsat firms and government agencies in fields such as steel, textiles, telecoms, railways,post offices, banks and oil and pharmaceutical companies.
Egypt declared Monday a bank holiday after workers disrupted operations at thecountry’s main state banks.
Protest organizers were forming a Council of Trustees to defend the revolution and urgeswift reform from a military intent on restoring law and order during the transition.Protesters have demanded the release of political prisoners, the lifting of a state ofemergency, the abolition of military courts, fair elections and a swift handover to civilianrule.
The army has said it would lift emergency law, used to stifle dissent underMubarak, when “current circumstances end”.
But it has not specified a timetable.