Economic, Social and Labor Protest Monitoring

Annual Protests of 2017

On the occasion of Labor Day, Social Justice Platform (SJP), in association with the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR), issues a fact sheet on the economic, social and labor protests in 2017. This fact sheet is on the labor, economic and social protests that were staged in Egypt throughout the previous year.

Without any endeavors to come to generalized conclusion, the fact sheet contains information on the different protests along with their types, reasons, motives and their organizers in an objective manner. The end of this fact sheet is to allow the protesters- through their protests- to draw a general image expressing them. Although it may not be complete, it would ultimately be more credible than any other image could be imposed on their behalf according to prior assumptions.

Some 1518 protests were staged in 2017. The social protests topped the list, totaling 976 protests (C 64%). Then, the labor protests came in the second place, totaling 450 ones throughout the year (C 30% of the total protests). The final place was for the economic protests, totaling 92 ones in 2017 (6%).

The families came first as the most protesting group that demanded services; such as health, housing, education, water, roads and sanitation. They also protested against the rising prices, especially rising food prices along with rising living costs. The second place in the most protesting group was for the labor protests. The workers staged 251 protests; 16.5% of the total number of protests. The students came in third place with 7% of the protests (a total of 100 protests). These protests were staged in all governorates, but Cairo and Giza were in the forefront of all governorates totaling 243 and 158 protests respectively. As for the reasons and demands of those protests, the demands of having infrastructure and services, especially water, sanitation, energy and roads, took the lion’s share of 2017 protests totaling 434; more than 28%. In the second place came the various demands of workers, which were related to financial compensation, wages, incentives, leave and the right to association; representing about a quarter of the protests in 2017, almost 24% (365 protests).

By this fact sheet, we endeavor to present a descriptive reading for the data that had been monitored and documented; aiming at introducing the patterns uncovered by the data of SJP team. In other words, this paper aims primarily at drawing a topographical picture of the economic, social and labor protests, in both temporal and spatial dimensions, and their characteristics are the types of protests, the groups of protesters, the reasons for the protest and the means.

SJP team uses a method to collect data on economic, social and labor protests based on ECESR’s methodology so as to provide the opportunity to compare with previous years in which ECESR issued numerous reports on the status of economic, social and labor protests in Egypt.

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