Subhi Al Mashadani – IFTU General Secretary completes a successful visit to British labour movement

Subhi Al Mashadani, the IFTU General Secretary came to Britain at the end of June at the invitation of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) to address their 2004 Annual General Meeting in Portsmouth. He attended the RMT’s AGM together with the IFTU Foreign Representative in the UK, Abdullah Muhsin.

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UNISON’s 11th National Conference extends the hand of friendship and solidarity to the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU)

The IFTU was proud to accept an invitation to address the International Rally on 21 June organised by Britain’s largest trade union, UNISON at their 11th National Conference.
The Camden Branch of UNISON had already taken the initiative of organising a fringe meeting at the Conference supported by UNISON’s London Region, in defence of workers’ rights in occupied Iraq on 23 June at which the IFTU were invited to speak.

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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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