After the historic rulings on the unconstitutionality of the law for professional syndicates,

January 4th, 2011 by Editor

the Egyptian Organization prepares an alternative draft bill

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR)welcomes the ruling issued by the Supreme Constitutional Court on the unconstitutionality of the law on professional syndicates number 100 for the year 1993 modified with law number 5 for the year 1995. The unconstitutionality verdict was based on the fact that the law has been issued without being proposed for the Shura Council thus violating Article 195 of the constitution.

On his side, Mr. Hafez Aby Saeda, the chairman of EOHR, described the ruling as “historic” and considered it a victory for the freedom of syndicate organization protected under the constitution and under international conventions concerned with human rights and which has always been defended by EOHR since its establishment in 1985 and until now.

The chairman of the organization has added that law number 100 for the year 1993 entitled: “the law of democratic guarantees for professional syndicates!” amended with law number 5 for the year 1995, represents a basic obstacle on the way of syndicate development in Egypt. This is because it has taken away jurisdiction regarding internal elections from their boards of management and their general assemblies which has led to not having elections in a number of these syndicates. Some of these syndicates where elections have not been held include pharmacists, doctors, teachers and tradesmen syndicates. Also there have been attempts to extend the executive branch’s domination over these syndicates. He also pointed to the fact that despite the success of a number of syndicates in bypassing the arbitrary convening conditions for their general assemblies, some of them remained under the impact of custody like the syndicate of engineers for 15 years.

Abu Saeda emphasized that the EOHR will prepare a new draft bill for professional syndicates through involving many unionists and a group of experts and people specialized in drafting laws the way that guarantees the rights of each syndicate to have its own laws about the procedures of the general assembly and the rules of preparing electoral rolls and declaring results. This draft will also take into consideration all the demands of the syndicates and most of their members, and will agree with the international standards concerning human rights and the principles of syndicate freedom in particular. He also added that the organization will hold this meeting in the coming mid January.


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