On the 18th of September, there will be the verdict on the case N. 2759, referring to the 26 civilian workers of the Alexandria Shipyard company, that had been referred to the military court after staging a peaceful protest demanding the implementation of the minimum wage, and health and safety conditions at work.
The Workers were referred to the Military Court under accusations of committing crimes according to article 124 of the Penal Code. However this referral is in contradiction with the 2014 Constitution and the international human rights obligations stemming from the provisions of the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), as well as the ILO Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948 (No. 87), that Egypt has ratified. More information can be found here.
SOLIDAR calls for the immediate release of the workers, and their readmission to work. Moreover, we insist on the inadmissibility of military trials for civilians, and we call for stopping the policy of collective punishment that deprives workers from returning to work and of their core labour rights.
To stand with the Alexandria shipyard workers, you can sign the solidarity statement (in Arabic) that has been prepared by Civil Society Organisations calling for the immediate release of the workers.
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