Egypt's labor movement finds its own strength

The impetus for Mubarak's fall, workers are now crafting a new network to secure their rights. Mai Shams El-Din, Global Post, May 24, 2012 Cairo - In many respects, the popular revolt against Hosni Mubarak began on April 6, 2008 in Mahalla, Egypt. Security forces unleashed a torrent of violence against 30,000 striking textile workers and thousands of their supporters, killing several demonstrators and injuring hundreds. The April 6 Youth Movement  emerged from that mass action when engineer Ahmed Maher co-founded the group that would slowly galvanize millions of workers and ultimately help touch off the revolution. ... Egypt