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Accounts of the 'Arab Spring' have often focused on the role of youth coalitions, the use of social media, and the tactics of the Tahrir Square occupation. This authoritative and original book argues that collective action by organised workers played a fundamental role in the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions; which were themselves the inevitable consequence to several years of strikes, including localised revolts in Tunisia's phosphate mines and Egypt's textile mills, dress rehearsals for the 2011 revolutions. Strikes in the last few days of the Ben Ali and Mubarak regimes were a crucial factor in their removal from power and the lack of organised workers in Syria, the authors argue, explains why regime change has taken so much longer and the continuation of these unprecedented workers movements pose a serious challenge to a neo-liberal version of post-revolutionary stability, which will have repercussions across the region.

About the Author

Dr Anne Alexander is Buckley Fellow, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Mostafa Bassiouny is one of the best-known labour journalists in Egypt with close political and personal relationships with union activists.

Table of Contents

1. From Nasserism to Neoliberalism

2. The Changing Structure of the Egyptian Working Class in the Neo-liberal Era

3. Strikes, Protests and the Development of a Revolutionary Crisis

4. Organisation in the Workplace Before the Revolution: the Nasserist Model in Crisis

5. From Strike Committee to Independent Union

6. The Revolution's Social Soul: Workers and the January Revolution

7. Workers' Organisations Since the Revolution

Conclusion: the Limits of Trade-unionism and the Search for a Political Voice

Product Details

Bassiouny, Mostafa
Zed Books
Alexander, Anne
Labor & Industrial Relations
Political Freedom
Sociology - General
Developing & Emerging Countries
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Workers and the Egyp
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8.5 x 5.44 in

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History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » Labor
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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