Abdullah Muhsin urges all progressives throughout the world to support the IFTU

Right to reply
(Tuesday 12 October 2004)
Abdullah Muhsin
ABDULLAH MUHSIN urges all progressives throughout the world to support the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU).
I have just returned to England from Amman, Jordan, where I have spent the last seven days at two major conferences. One was called by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions and the ILO, at which the IFTU was represented by seven of its affiliates and the other by the International Transport Federation, with 2 IFTU transport unions present.

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Grassroots Iraq: IFTU addresses Labour Party Conference fringe meeting

The Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) hosted a fringe meeting at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton on 29 September 2004, chaired by Harry Barnes Labour MP who is a member of the Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs and who opposed the war on Iraq.
The speakers were Abdullah Muhsin IFTU, Bill Ramell MP, Owen Tudor TUC International Secretary, Keith Sonnet Deputy General Secretary UNISON, Brian Joyce NEC (Treasurer) Fire Brigades Union.
Abdullah Muhsin’s address to the fringe meeting follows:
“I would like to extend the warm greetings of the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions to each of you. Thanks you for coming here tonight. I believe all of us have very important work to do together. I want to say that supporting grassroots Iraq, supporting the Iraqi democrats, is today the most important work there is.

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Scottish unions to help Iraqi workers

Edinburgh trades unionists held a successful and enthusiastic meeting a the Quaker Meeting House on Thursday 23rd September organised by the Lothian Iraqi Workers’ Solidarity Group, which has been set up on the initiative of Edinburgh TUC. The meeting was called to discuss ways in which trade unions in Edinburgh and Scotland can help new unions in Iraq. Edinburgh TUC has an impressive record of organising practical international solidarity with the South African labour movement when it was struggling against the apartheid state in the 1980s and 90s.

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ZNet/Iraq: Who are the progressives in Iraq?

by Frank Smyth, http://www.franksmyth.com/
September 30, 2004,
Foreign Policy in Focus
http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=15&ItemID=6330
One event in Baghdad went unreported this month, not only by the mainstream media but also by the “alternative” press, even though it implies that U.S. control over Iraq’s political future may already be waning. In August, the White House supported the establishment of an Iraqi National Council comprising 100 Iraqis from various tribal, ethnic, and religious groups in an effort to influence the composition of an electoral oversight body. Yet this month, two large political parties, each of which has long been viewed with suspicion by Washington, came out ahead in the voting.

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TUC – Congress 2004: debate and decision on Iraq

Mary Davies (NATFHE) moved Motion 82.
82 Iraq
Congress reaffirms its opposition to the occupation of Iraq, condemns the abuse and torture of Iraqi prisoners by the coalition forces, and calls for an accurate audit of the actual cost of the invasion and occupation.
Congress believes it is now more vital than ever to support the new independent trade union movement as an essential force in the creation of a secular, democratic Iraq, free from fundamentalism and Saddam

ICTUR Iraq update: the current political process in Iraq, the Law and the absence of a Labour code – challenges for the IFTU

International Union Rights
Volume 11 Issue 3 2004
Journal of the International Centre for Trade Union Rights
http://www.ictur.labournet.org/
Abdullah Muhsin, International Representative of the IFTU looks at the Iraqi interim government and the development of the labour code.
The dictatorship has gone but after more than three decades of internal repression, turmoil, wars, unjust economic sanctions, Iraqi society has been devastated. The trade unions are essential to the fabric of the civil society we must rebuild. A large, organised and confident trade union movement could do a great deal to bring workers together regardless of their religious, ethnic or national origins.

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