Trade unionism took on a truly global dimension as colleagues from Iraq spent a week at NASUWT learning more about effective organisation and campaigning.
Being a trade unionist in Iraq takes immense courage and dedication. As well as having to deal with the everyday threats posed by the political uncertainty which still hangs over the country, anti-trade union laws brought in during Saddam Hussein
Ali Shari Ali, Iraq Teachers
Address to the Association of University Teachers (AUT):
“The Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) is proud to accept your invitation to address the Annual Conference of the AUT – it is great honour to address you today.
“The AUT is known and respected by Iraqi academics and trade unionists. It is therefore a great pleasure for me as a representative of Iraqi workers to openly renew our friendship with your union through our trade union federation the IFTU and on behalf of the Iraqi Teachers
Interview with Head of the Teachers’ Union in Baghdad
Gary Kent, Director of Labour Friends of Iraq saw Mahdy Ali Lafta on his recent trip to the UK when he was a guest of the TUC and the NAS/UWT and was able to conduct this interview.
Teachers lost little time in building a new union. As soon as Saddam Hussein was overthrown in April 2003, they were off and by July had organised the first open conference to set up the Baghdad branch of the Iraqi Teachers’ Union. Other open conferences were held and the first open national conference was held in August 2003, which elected a central leadership which also draws representatives from each of the branches in Iraq’s 14 governorates. There are equivalent organisations in Iraqi Kurdistan.
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“We are the resistance”
Morning Star, Tuesday April 19
Interview by Richard Bagley
Iraqi trade unionist MAHDY ALI LAFTA talks about the huge challenge of renewing education in his country.
WHEN Mahdy Ali Lafta, the head of Iraq’s teaching union in Baghdad, started his career in 1970, he had no idea what life would later hold in store. That was the year that he first started out as a teacher in Iraq. After Saddam Hussein became president in 1979, Lafta’s life, like those of many other Iraqis, was changed forever.
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Report on the recent visit to the UK of the head of the Teachers Union in Baghdad.
11 April 2005
Mahdy Ali Lafta, the leader of the Teachers’ Union in Baghdad, Al Risafa (east of the river Tigris) has just concluded a successful week-long visit to the UK, during which he was a guest of the National Association of School Masters/Union Women Teachers (NASUWT) at their national conference from 27 March-1 April in Brighton. He was also a guest of the TUC from 1-7 April 2005.
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The National Association of Schoolmasters & Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) recently invited Abdullah Muhsin of the IFTU and Mahdy Ali Lafta of the Iraqi Teachers