Joel Beinin

The rise of Egypt’s workers

Joel Beinin on strikes, the labour movement and workers' organizing before, during and after the Egyptian intifada.

Formation of the Egyptian working class - Joel Beinin

Joel Beinin on the formation of the Egyptian working class and episodes of class struggle thereafter from Muhammed Ali's dynasty (1805-1849) through to the mid 20th century.

Egypt's workers rise up - Joel Beinin

Suez Canal workers' protest, 2011.

Joel Beinin's analysis of the contribution of workers to the anti-Mubarak uprising and the possible consequences for both the social movement generally and the Egyptian working class specifically.

Justice for All: the Struggle for Worker Rights in Egypt

2010 pamphlet on the history of the workers' movement in Egypt. Produced by the AFL-CIO, we do not agree with all of the content but reproduce it due to it containing important factual information.

Egypt at the tipping point? - Joel Beinin

Joel Beinin analyses in detail the current situation in Egypt, with mention of the contributions from the various 'opposition' groups as well as the important role of workers' protest in recent years.

The Militancy of Mahalla al-Kubra - Joel Beinin

Mahalla strikers, September 2007

"For the second time in less than a year, in the final week of September the 24,000 workers of the Misr Spinning and Weaving Company in Mahalla al-Kubra went on strike -- and won." This article by Joel Beinin gives a good overview of the Mahalla al-Kubra's Ramadan strike of September 2007.

Strikes in Egypt spread from centre of gravity

Ghazl el-Mahalla workers on strike last December. Photo by Nasser Nouri

The longest and strongest wave of worker protest since the end of World War II is rolling through Egypt. In March, the liberal daily al-Masri al-Yawm estimated that no fewer than 222 sit-in strikes, work stoppages, hunger strikes and demonstrations had occurred during 2006.

Egyptian textile workers confront the new economic order

Striking Misr Spinning and Weaving Company workers in Mahalla al-Kubra

An analysis of the recent strike-wave in Egypt which involved tens of thousands of textile workers and a look at the history of labour militancy in the country.