The First Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq meets the GFIW

The First Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq meets the GFIW

The deputy PM Dr  Nuri  Shaways met a delegation from the GFIW led by its vice president on Sunday, 13th February 2011.

The Deputy PM received a delegation from the GFIW at his official office in Baghdad. The DPM welcomed the GFIW efforts [in representing and defending workers in Iraq] and told the delegation that his official office is home for all Iraqi workers. 
The GFIW delegation offered the Deputy PM a brief account of trade unions situation, by criticising the blatant interference by the [federal] government in the internal affairs of Iraqi unions, and the continuous abuses and violations of the rights and freedoms of trade unions to free and independent trade unions representation by the central government of Iraq.

The delegation urged the deputy PM to speed up the process to abolish the defunct dictatorship anti unions’ laws such as Decree 150 of 1987 that prohibited public sector workers the rights to organize into unions and criticized the government for the delay in issuing a fair and just labour law. The delegation called on the Deputy PM to assists in the process of the enactment of an international Labour Organization (ILO) compliant labour law immediately.

For his part, the Deputy PM Dr Nuri Shaways agreed on the importance to enact a new labour law immediately acknowledging the demands made by the international labour organizations and by global trade unions. The DPM added that a proper labour law will be of benefit to the Iraqi government, Iraqi society and the Iraqi working people in general and added by saying that he shall follow the case for the immediate implementation of labour law. He also supported the GFIW demands for fair, independent and proper workers elections.

The GFIW thanked the DPM for his support and solidarity.


14 February 2011.

Statement by the Director-General of the ILO Juan Somavia on the situation in Egypt


The world has followed with great respect the massive and courageous expressions of the will of the people of Egypt during the events of recent days. In the difficult times ahead it will be of critical importance that the government and all other actors commit to peaceful action to open the way to a new era of social justice in Egypt’s proud history. It is a matter for sorrow and deep regret that the loss of human lives has been so high. It must not rise any higher.

I join with the Secretary-General of the United Nations in insisting that the leaders of Egypt, “listen attentively and sincerely to the voices of the people”, and on “their responsibility, first of all, to provide decent jobs and good opportunities to maintain a decent living.”

For many years, the ILO has been pointing to the gravity of the decent work deficit in Egypt and a number of other countries in the region, where unemployment, underemployment and informal work have remained among the highest in the world. The failure to address this situation effectively, with all of its consequences for poverty and unbalanced development, together with limitations on basic freedoms, has triggered this historic outpouring of popular demands.

Of specific and long-standing concern to the ILO has been restrictive legislation in Egypt which allows the operation of only a single approved trade union federation and obstructs free organization of workers in trade unions of their choice. Recently in June 2010, the ILO Conference regretted that the Government had made no concrete progress on these fundamental points and called for tangible steps in the very near future to ensure that all workers may form and join organizations of their choosing without any interference from Government.

Nevertheless, the nationwide mobilizations of the last days have led to the establishment of the Egyptian Independent Trade Union Federation. It has called for jobs, a living minimum wage, social protection, and freedom of association.

I welcome this new development in the exercise of the rights of Egyptian working people. Theirs must be foremost among the voices that must now be heard. In this regard, it is of fundamental concern to the ILO that no person should suffer discrimination or reprisals of any type for having practised their fundamental rights. In the tense circumstances now prevailing I particularly call on the Egyptian authorities to ensure that any such acts are prevented and that all necessary protection be offered to those in need of it.

I am certain that all Egyptians will find a way to come together in order to ensure that the youth of their country can have a future of dignity and decent work.  The ILO stands ready to provide all assistance that can be useful to this end.

Geneva, 2 February 2011

The Global Union ICEM Supports the Iraqi labour campaign

Campaign for Effective Iraqi Labour Laws Takes Shape

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With the support of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), trade unions in Iraq have come together to create a campaign and a website, calling for international solidarity and pressure on the government of Iraq to enact fair labour legislation. Seven years after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, workers in Iraq are still without legislative protection of their fundamental rights at work.

Trade union rights in Iraq

21st Session of the Administrative Council of the International Centre for Trade Union Rights.
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On Saturday 11 June 2005, ICTUR hosted its annual Administrative Council discussions in Geneva, Switzerland. The high profile annual event brings together trade unions, lawyers, academics and human rights organisations to make recommendations on strategies and action for ICTUR’s work on trade union rights in the the year ahead.

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ICFTU, Global and european trade Unions Bodies Condemn London Bomb

Brussels, 8 July 2005 (ICFTU OnLine): The ICFTU and the European TUC today condemned the terrorist atrocities in London, which have cost the lives of at least 37 people and injured several hundred more. ICFTU and ETUC General Secretaries Guy Ryder and John Monks expressed their deepest sympathies to those affected in messages to their British affiliate the TUC, as have trade union organisations from around the world.

Hundreds of Thousands of Australian Workers Rally Against Anti-Union Laws

Hundreds of Thousands of Australian Workers Rally Against Anti-Union Laws
Brussels, 1 July 2005 (ICFTU OnLine): More than 250,000 people have taken part in public protests over the past two days against the conservative Australian Federal Government’s plans to remove protection from unfair dismissal for most workers, impose heavy restrictions on union organising and collective bargaining rights, push workers onto individual employment contracts and weaken mechanisms for setting minimum wages.

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ILO commitment on youth employment and rights

ILO commitment on youth employment and rights
Brussels, Friday 17 June (ICFTU online): The ICFTU warmly welcomed the adoption on Tuesday in Geneva of the conclusions and report on the discussion on youth employment held by the International Labour Conference (ILC).

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Trade unions welcome G8 action and call for extended debt relief

Trade unions welcome G8 action and call for extended debt relief
Brussels: 15 June 2005 (ICFTU Online): The ICFTU, together with TUAC(*), today welcomed the announcement of debt cancellation by G8 finance ministers.
Following a 2 day meeting in London (10-11 June), Ministers announced a package which will mean that 18 countries will have 100% of debts cancelled which they currently owe to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and African Development Bank. The ICFTU has called for debt cancellation for low-income indebted countries for over a decade and earlier this year joined the world’s largest ever anti-poverty coalition, the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP), which is campaigning for debt cancellation, more and better aid, and trade justice.

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