A succinct policy paper, complemented by infographics, in which work, wages and working conditions in Egypt are outlined and recommendations made i favour of unemployment benefits.
Questions considered in the context of the coronavirus pandemic include: Is now the time to preserve profits or lives? Why does Egypt not follow the same standards of protection as afforded the 2 billion global citizens staying home to protect themselves from the virus? If the workers remain in their homes without financial compensation, who can buy these goods and services? If production continues at the same rates and hundreds of thousands of workers die, will there remain anyone to produce these goods and services? Of course not, as the former head of research at the World Bank, Branko Milanovich says, because “the dead don’t go to work.”