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.
On behalf of our union I have had the opportunity to go to Iraq twice. A country savaged by an illegal war, a country ruled by terror, by Saddam and his Ba’ath Party.
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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.
As a result of the IFTU
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.
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.
Khalil Shawqi, subject of Iraqi film director Koutaiba Al-Janabi
The IFTU Foreign Representative, Abdullah Muhsin has attended two trade union conferences so far in June; the Construction workers’ union (UCATT) and the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS)