UN labour body ranks Egypt among worst labour rights violators
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has ranked Egypt as one of the 25 worst violators of labour rights among its member countries, the independent daily al-Masry al-Youm reported Wednesday.
The ILO, currently in session in Geneva, said the low ranking is because of the deterioration of labourers' situations, shrinking union freedoms, the use of violence by the government to break up labour strikes and protests, and government intervention in union affairs, DPA reported.
The ILO also said Egypt had failed to apply any of the organisation's observations on labour legislation.
Egypt's motion to be removed from the ILO's so-called black list of member countries in violation of international labour conventions was denied.
There has been an increase in labour strikes in Egypt in the last few years, often leading to violent clashes with security forces and resulting in injuries and even death.