Thousands of textile workers at the state-owned Mahalla Misr Spinning and Weaving company began a strike on Sunday morning demanding the removal of the company’s chairman and upper management.
As I was writing yesterday, the working class in Egypt has played and continues to play a leading role in the revolutionary process in Egypt. It is significant that the Mahalla workers are striking, as they’ve played one of the most significant roles. The significance of the Mahalla factory is outlined in the excellent documentary by Al Jazeera, The Factory. Workers at Mahalla have been central to Egyptian social movements for decades, including in recent events, as some of the first protestors to raise the demand for the fall of the Mubarak regime.