Last 11 February we kicked out the tyrant, but today we’re still living the same old way—and our demands are still the same. We won’t accept statements and promises any more—while every month more revolutionaries are dying. The latest massacres that the military organised against the Ultras who took part in the revolution, gave 100 martyrs after the Egyptian people rose up across the country against military rule.
Because of this we too must move, just as we did in February last year, remembering that we were then one hand, united from Alexandria to Aswan. On that day the public transport workers, the airport workers, Suez and hundreds of other workplaces all struck together. We stopped the profits that they squeeze out our sweat and toil—and the tyrant realised the game was up.
Today we have to take action to win our demands. And don’t forget whoever remains silent over the blood of his brother is a coward. Whoever keeps his mouth shut today in order to get his daily bread will be slaughtered just like his brother tomorrow, when he goes to claim his rights at work or in front of the parliament.
Workers of Egypt, bring the revolution to victory! It is the only way to win your demands after the military decided to continue the policies of privatisation, job cuts and borrowing from the World Bank.
They refused to return the privatised companies to the public sector despite the judges’ ruling in favour; the government is refusing to give temporary workers secure jobs; the cronies of the old regime are still in charge in the workplace. That is why we must strike, occupy and demonstrate for the victory of the young people who are falling in battle like flowers crushed by treacherous hands and in order to win the following demands:
These will be achieved in the following ways:
Because we are organising our protests on 11 February we must organise strike committees in the workplaces, neighbourhoods and villages today and not tomorrow. It is these which will decide how we take part and for which demands.
Workers of Egypt, your strike is a step forward. You have nothing to lose but poverty and humiliation!
Take part! Strike! Occupy! Demonstrate!
Workers’ Office, Revolutionary Socialists Movement
5 February 2012