Trade unionists will have been inspired by the revolutionary movements spreading from Tunisia to Egypt and beyond. With great courage,workers and youth have risen up against these dictatorial regimes, overcoming the fear of decades.
Teachers have played their part too. In Tunisia, when the ‘interim’ regime ordered schools to be re-opened on Monday, teachers immediately engaged in solid strike action. The participation was 100% in Medenine, Sidi Bouzid, Kasserine, Beja, Jendouba and Kairouan, 90% in Zaghouan (near Tunis) where there is no union tradition, and solid in Tunis.
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