Egypt: Independent Union Federation Announced, Calls for General Strike

According to a Jan. 30 press release, “representatives of… the independent Egyptian trade unions of workers… agreed to hold a press conference at 3:30pm this afternoon in Tahrir Square next to Omar Effendi Company store in downtown Cairo to announce the organization of the new Federation of Egyptian Trade Unions and to announce the formation of committees in all factories and enterprises to protect, defend them and to set a date for a general strike. And to emphasize that the labor movement is in the heart and soul of the Egyptian Peoples’ revolution.” Read the press release here (also contains link to the new federation’s website).