IFTU’s address to the International Rally at UNISON’s 11th National Conference, 21st June 2004.

Sisters and Brothers,
It is great honour to address you today.
UNISON and its predecessor unions were known and respected by Iraqi trade unionists. It is therefore a pleasure for Iraqi workers to openly renew our friendship with your union through our trade union federation the IFTU that now organises legally in the post-Saddam Iraq.
UNISON’s principled position against the war and occupation of our country and now its call for the end of occupation and the return of sovereignty to Iraqis is highly appreciated by the IFTU.

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“Workers’ conferences are a fundamental principle in building a democratic and united trade union movement in Iraq.”

Three Unions affiliated to the IFTU have successfully held national Conferences recently in Iraq.
On 31 May 2004, the Mechanic, Printing and Metalworkers’ union held its first open Conference in Baghdad.
IFTU President Rasem Alwady and first Vice President Hadi Ali attended the conference. Representatives of the Labour and Social Affairs and Justice Ministries were invited. The Conference was open to the media and other outside observers.

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Reform WTO and other UN agencies to ensure fair globalisation, says

INTERNATIONAL CONFEDERATION OF FREE TRADE UNIONS
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Brussels, 25th May 2004 (ICFTU Online): “The World Trade Organisation
(WTO) cannot afford to miss this opportunity to address the social
deficit that globalisation has opened up. Confidence in a fair
globalisation is waning. By reforming itself in line with the
recommendations of the World Commission report on the Social Dimension
of Globalisation, the WTO could help set a new course for a
globalisation which enfranchises the many rather than the few” said Guy
Ryder, General Secretary of the International Confederation of Free
Trade Unions.

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