The First Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq meets the GFIW
The deputy PM Dr Nuri Shaways met a delegation from the GFIW led by its vice president on Sunday, 13th February 2011.
The Deputy PM received a delegation from the GFIW at his official office in Baghdad. The DPM welcomed the GFIW efforts [in representing and defending workers in Iraq] and told the delegation that his official office is home for all Iraqi workers.
The GFIW delegation offered the Deputy PM a brief account of trade unions situation, by criticising the blatant interference by the [federal] government in the internal affairs of Iraqi unions, and the continuous abuses and violations of the rights and freedoms of trade unions to free and independent trade unions representation by the central government of Iraq.
The delegation urged the deputy PM to speed up the process to abolish the defunct dictatorship anti unions’ laws such as Decree 150 of 1987 that prohibited public sector workers the rights to organize into unions and criticized the government for the delay in issuing a fair and just labour law. The delegation called on the Deputy PM to assists in the process of the enactment of an international Labour Organization (ILO) compliant labour law immediately.
For his part, the Deputy PM Dr Nuri Shaways agreed on the importance to enact a new labour law immediately acknowledging the demands made by the international labour organizations and by global trade unions. The DPM added that a proper labour law will be of benefit to the Iraqi government, Iraqi society and the Iraqi working people in general and added by saying that he shall follow the case for the immediate implementation of labour law. He also supported the GFIW demands for fair, independent and proper workers elections.
The GFIW thanked the DPM for his support and solidarity.
14 February 2011.