Change will come to Egypt

 Property Tax Collector and free union leader, Kamal Abu Eita, is hoisted on the shoulders of his fellow workers after announcing Egypt's first independent union in over 50 years.
Property Tax Collector and free union leader, Kamal Abu Eita, is hoisted on the shoulders of his fellow workers after announcing Egypt's first independent union in over 50 years.
Property tax collectors celebrate their announcement of an independent workers' union.
Property tax collectors celebrate their announcement of an independent workers' union.

There is an energy and a general optimism among much of Egypt’s workforce unlike I’ve seen anywhere else. Ask most Egyptians, they will tell you that change will come, it has to. Many others are too used to their US-backed Hosni Mubarak who has ruled for nearly three decades to think that things could ever be different. But as it is now, the Mubarak government is repressing the voice of Egypt’s millions of workers who are frustrated with the rising cost of living and the low wages. The property tax collectors are at the forefront of the workers’ movement and the fight for independent workers’ unions, which are currently all under the control of the state.

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