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HV131- Voices from Tahrir » Labor Activists

Union and labor activists

The success of the Tahrir Square uprising was virtually guaranteed when union and labor activists brought hundreds of thousands of workers into the streets to join the protests. Labor and human rights organizers, left to right: Kamal Abass, 57, is a labor rights activist, director of the Center for Trade Unions and Workers Services. Kamal Aby Eita, 58, is a labor rights activist, president of the independent Union of Real Estate Tax Authority Employees—the first free union in Egypt. Khaled Ali, 40, is a human rights lawyer who founded the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights to document and defend labor rights, as well as other socio-economic rights. He won key cases against the Mubarak government on minimum wage and the illegal sale of state property.

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