All charges are dropped against leader of Oil union
Basra, on July 1, court hearing decided to clear Hassan Juma Awad of charges labeled against him.
Hassan has sent an email to thank all colleagues’ trade unionists and international organizations that stood with him while contesting unjust charges. He is free. International solidarity works.
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Recently Kamal Ahmed, President of the Kurdistan Teachers’ Union (KTU), was on a visit to the UK organised by the NASUWT during which he visited parliament. Meg Munn MP, as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Kurdistan, and Fabian Hamilton MP, a member of the group, were delighted to meet him to discuss how things were progressing in Kurdistan. He was accompanied by Chris Weavers and Abdullah Muhsin, International Liaison Officer, both from the NASUWT. For more information please click here: http://www.megmunnmp.org.uk/press-view-entry.asp?type=News&id=1307
On 21 October, the Manama Appeals Court is due to hear the final plea by two Bahraini teacher trade union leaders who have been imprisoned and tortured following protests connected to the Arab Spring uprising. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-patrick-roach/teachers-bahrain-uk-government-must-act-to_b_1985881.html
Imagine that after Saturday’s rally you were picked up by the security forces, beaten with a hose pipe, thrown into solidarity confinement for six weeks, forced to sign a confession under torture, denied medical treatment and then sentenced for a decade on trumped up charges. Please click here: http://strongerunions.org/2012/10/22/jailed-for-marching-on-saturday-you-would-be-in-bahrain/
The independent GFIW deplored the cowardly attack on its regional headquarters in Basra and Diwaniyah 0n 25-26 September by thugs masquerading as trade unionists. These thugs sought to size and occupy the GFIW headquarters.
The independent GFIW, its regional headquarters and leaders are under constant attacks. This is because of the federation firm opposition to government drive to control and politicise the GFIW and its unions. The Iraqi Ministry of Labour in order to control unions had imposed and then ratified sham elections 24 June-2 July 2012 for the GFIW and its unions. These elections were conducted under the auspices of a government appointed preparatory committee and supervised by the Ministry of Labour. This committee applied state resources—security and financial- to influence and falsify elections results which ultimately lead to the appointment of individuals –with no trade union credential– as trade union leaders. These elections were first boycotted—Basra GFIW was one of the GFIW regional structures that boycotted these elections—and results of these elections were rejected by wide spread organized workers across Iraq for they were fraudulent, fixed and contradict democratic international trade union standards mainly those of the ILO fundamentals. The 24June-2 July 2012 government imposed GFIW elections were not about crating independent and democratic unions but rather creating client unions. This latest government imposed fraudulent elections lead unfortunately to the division of the GFIW and its unions into two structures May 2012. One is now under government control whilst the second is relatively democratic and independent and is facing extreme attacks by the Ministry of Labour such as the attack being reported in this briefing.
The independent GFIW calls on the Iraqi authorities to cease trying to politicize the movement on sectarian abhorrent values. This is a dangerous attempt that will further endanger the social tension Iraqi society is trying to overcome.
The independent GFIW, whilst putting these facts before Iraq and international public opinion, has called on the government of Iraq to address these violations; to support Iraqi workers rights to legitimate, independent and democratic trade unionism as enshrined by Iraq’s permanent constitution; and to further stop interfering in the internal affairs of the unions and instead provide legal (Labour law|) and political space for the Iraqi trade union movement to constitute its internal democracy independently and transparently.
The independent GFIW has, therefore, been engaged in conducting national trade union election for its regional structures and its national unions in the private sector. The GFIW asserts it’s determination to continue with this democratic and independent trade union practices as the only genuine practices to elect trade union leaders and adopt social and economic policies. The GFIW is determined to continue with this just struggle despite legal obstacles and difficulties manufactured by the state . The GFIW shall continue defending working people interests and rights to independent trade unionism and just, fair and safe working and living conditions.
The GFIW announces results of the election of committees of the Construction, Glass and Wood Workers Union in Baghdad and across Iraq
The GFIW announced the completion of the union election committees in Baghdad and across Iraq. The union started these elections on 23 September and ended 25 September where thousands of construction, timber and glass workers took part to elect their chosen trade union representatives to form workers committees across Iraq for the union.
The Union issued statement saying workers have elected and formed 15 workers committees at work places in Baghdad alone.
The statement said that thousands of workers across Iraq’s provinces in Kirkuk, Diyala, Wasit and karbala, Najaf and Nasiriyah and Maysan, Basra and Babel took part while at work places to elect their chosen trade union representatives.
The union statement added that Iraqi media and press were invited and reported on transparency of elections. Local authorities (councils) supported these events by providing security and protection for those taking part. Judges and lawyer participated as volunteers in elections to report and confirm fairness, legitimacy and transparency of these elections.
The union shall soon, at end of this month start of October, convene regional elections to elect regional committees after that the union shall organize election to elect national leadership for the union.