The Egyptian Syndicate of Journalists signed a cooperation protocol with Jordan’s General Trade Union of Printing, Photography, and Paper Employees, to coordinate and exchange experiences, express solidarity with all common issues of Arab and international forums, defend the legitimate rights of workers, and preserve solidarity in union activities against disintegration and external interference.
This came during a meeting between Magdy El-Badawy, Vice-President of the Egyptian Trade Union Federation (ETUF) and President of the Egyptian Syndicate of Journalists, on the sidelines of his visit to Jordan, and Muhammad Al-Zoubi, President of Jordan’s General Trade Union of Printing, Photography, and Paper Employees, in the presence of Mazen Maaytah, President of the General Federation of Jordanian Trade Unions, Bilal Malkawi, Regional Secretary of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), and Bushra Al-Salman, President of Jordan’s General Trade Union of Workers in Food Industries.
In a recent statement, El-Badawy spoke on the crucial role of workers in the development of Egypt under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
He referred to the social protection programmes adopted by President el-Sisi to protect and help workers tide over their financial burdens due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and also explained the investment climate in Egypt.
For their part, the Jordanian trade union leaders said that the relations between them and their Egyptian counterpart were well-established and deeply rooted in history. They spoke of how the renaissance that Egypt is currently witnessing at all levels confirms that nation’s progress in the coming years. They also said that workers of today need strong laws that would guarantee a new minimum wage structure along with health and social insurance.