by Jim Barbour, Leader of Fire Brigade Union, Region 2 (Northern Ireland)
We wish to express our support and solidarity with the workers of Egypt in their magnificent struggle against the Mubarak regime.
We strongly support your demands for the immediate removal of the dictator Mubarak; for the repeal of the anti-democratic Emergency Laws; for the dismantling of the regime of torture, murder and corruption; and for full freedom of the press and democratic elections.
We especially send greetings to our brothers and sisters in the independent Tax Collectors Union. We remember your great strike of recent years and your struggle to establish an independent trade union, free from the interference of the regime. We were delighted to hear of the call by federation of independent trade unions from Tahrir Square for widespread workers action to support the peoples’ movement for democracy.
Your revolution is a beacon of hope for the whole Middle East and the wider world, for so long dominated by tyranny, injustice and war.
We are opposed to the support given by Western governments to the Mubarak regime for the last 30 years. We are aware that the bullets and tear gas used against the movement were supplied by the USA and will do all we can to protest Western governments’ ongoing interference in Egypt.
We salute the unity and bravery of the movement in resisting the violence of the regime and pay tribute to the martyrs of the revolution. We sincerely hope that the workers action is unstoppable and that their enduring legacy is the victory of the revolutionary movement. We are with you in your inspiring struggle.