Workers politics and the elite politics of “Mahmoud Bey” - Opinion - Ahram Online
Striking workers have two characteristics which make them the true embryo of the political vanguard of our revolution: they unequivocally, without middlemen or pretence,represent the majority and its interests, and are effectively organisingthemselves in the political realm, the world of conflicting interests, as the largest homogenous popular force determined to continue the revolution until itaccomplishes its goals.
L’avenir du pouvoir et du futur gouvernement dépendra de leur réponse aux revendications ouvrières. Les ouvriers qui ont joué un rôle important dans la révolution semblent se mobiliser à nouveau, comme le confirme aussi cet article paru dans le Washington Post "Egyptian textile strikes highlight economic challenges facing Morsi" (http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egyptian-textile-strikes-highlight-economic-challenges-facing-morsi/2012/07/22/gJQALJO12W_story.html)
Nevertheless, Khaled Ali, a lawyer, activist and failed candidate in the presidential election, warned that his former opponent needed to act swiftly to address the workers’ grievances, as well as meet the nation’s wider expectations.
“People were anticipating so much from the first 100 days of Morsi, but if he continues like this, if this struggle with the army goes on, I don’t think people will be calm and stable,” he said, after meeting with the striking workers in Mahalla. “These protests are going to consolidate against him, and he will be in a very bad situation.”