The Engineering union in Wasit supported by many local civil society organizations organized a peaceful demonstration on Monday 29th March 2010 at the Main Provincial Council Building demanding that Wasit Local government must work to improve the supply of electricity to homes and business by reducing the numbers of hours of power cut imposed on Wasit.
The President of the union in Wasit brother Razak Hussein handed to the provincial council the demonstration’s demands. Most notably among the demands, is the right of the province of Wasit to a fair share of the national electricity distribution.
The IFTU on behalf of all Iraqi trade unionists today expressed deepest sorrow at the terrible tragedy that has befallen Iraq on 31 August in Kadhimiya, Baghdad, which has led to the death of more than 960 victims, with more than 800 people injured. This is truly a national catastrophe.
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In the name of the IFTU and the Iraqi working class people, we strongly condemn the terrorist attacks on London on 7 July 2005 which murdered more than 50 innocent civilians and caused hundreds of injuries, some extremely serious.
These atrocities in London clearly showed that terrorism has no national boundaries and does not differentiate between different nationalities or communities.
The IFTU strongly condemns these atrocities which have shocked and horrified not only London but the world, declare solidarity with the people of the UK and the TUC at this difficult moment.
We send our deepest sympathies to the bereaved families and their friends.
14 July 2005
The perils of translation
Ann Clwyd MP, the Prime Ministers Special Envoy to Iraq on Human Rights and an LFIQ President has successfully challenged an inaccurate BBC report (see below).
Ann told the BBC that “We have well-established contacts with the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU), who inform us that the person arrested was the leader of the General Federation of Iraqi Trade Unions (GFITU). We have reason to believe that this organisation is a newly formed version of the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU), which was the Ba’athist so-called ‘union’ organised by the Saddam Hussein regime.” The BBC has acknowledged its error and altered the report.
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The Iraqi Committee for a Democratic Constitution
54 Westbourne Grove, London W2 5SH
5 June, 2005
Iraqi Campaign for a Democratic Constitution Launched in London
A campaign to promote writing a democratic permanent constitution in Iraq, laying the basis for a modern Iraqi state based on the rule of law and institutions, was launched at a meeting attended by about 120 Iraqi democrats, on Saturday evening, 4th June 2005, held at the Kufa Gallery in London.
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Campaign for solidarity with Iraqi human rights activist, Dr. Shakir Al-Dujaily
The Amman Center for Human Rights Studies has received an appeal from the National Society for Human Rights Advocacy in Iraq giving news of the disappearance of an Iraqi citizen, Dr. Shakir Hassoun Al-Dujaily who holds dual Swedish/Iraqi citizenship follwing his arrival at Damascus Airport on Thursday 31 March on Swedish Airlines, flight number (SAS 79025).
News of him was cut off after calling his wife in Iraq on Thursday 31 March at 10:20 pm when he informed her of his arrival at Damascus Airport.
In light of the above, the Amman Center for Human Rights Studies is calling upon all International and Arab organizations to question the Syrian Authorities and put all their efforts into uncovering the fate of Dr. Shakir Hassoun Al-Dujaily.
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Amman – Jordan
The Transport and Communication Workers’ Union (IFTU) is proud to report its recent decision to affiliate to the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). A formal letter applying for affiliation to the Global Union Federation was hand-delivered to the ITF General Secretary, David Cockroft in London recently.
The ITF was founded in 1896 in London by European seafarers’ and dockers’ union leaders who realised the need to organise internationally against strike breakers. During the 1920s and 30s in Europe, the ITF worked to oppose the rise of fascism. Today 624 unions representing 4,400,000 transport workers in 142 countries are members of the ITF. It is one of several Global Federation Unions allied with the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU). The Iraqi Railway Workers’ Union is also currently in the process of affiliation to the ITF.
As part of an ongoing organising and trade union education drive, the Transport & Communication Workers’ Union recently held several open seminars for members of its Baghdad branches. The meetings, which took place throughout March and April were open to the Iraqi media and other interested representatives of civil society organisations and were attended by many hundreds of rank and file trade union activists.
The seminars were organised as a forum for Iraqi transport workers to discuss many issue of interest to the union particularly developing a trade union strategy for tackling problems of wage levels, working conditions, pensions and unemployment.
Those attending the seminars were able to hear reports and question IFTU representatives who have been attending discussions under the auspices of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) to formulate clear and broadly-supported demands for a new labour code to form part of the new Iraqi Constitution currently under discussion in the Iraqi Parliament.
The IFTU also announced that it has begun preparations for its 2005 May Day celebrations and public rally in central Baghdad. The IFTU has booked Baghdad’s National Theatre as a venue for its celebrations of international workers’ day when we commemorate the Haymarket Martyrs and all the victims of the struggle against oppression and exploitation and for workers’ dignity and freedom.
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SUBJECT: IFTU Condemns the murder of brother Ahmed Adris Abbas a member of the Transport and Communication Workers Union in Baghdad
The Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) announces the loss of the martyred trade unionist and member of the Transport and Communication Workers Union, brother Ahmed Adris Abbas who was assassinated on Thursday 24th February 2005 in Martyrs
IFTU Condemns the murder of brother Ali Hassan Abd (Abu Fahad) a member of the Oil and Gas Union in Baghdad:
The Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) mourns the loss of the martyred trade unionist and member of the Oil and Gas Union, brother Ali Hassan Abd who was assassinated on Friday 18th February 2005 by terrorist extremists while returning with his children to his home in al Dorah District, close to the Al Dorah Oil Refinery in Baghdad.
The IFTU Executive Committee condemns this cowardly act and resolves to continue to organize for free, democratic and independent unions. The IFTU pledges to its martyred hero Abu Fahad to carry on organising workers and also for a new and democratic Iraq.
The IFTU remembers Abu Fahad as a courageous trade unionist who was one of the first to organize the union formation in the oil industry at Al Dorah Oil Refinery in Baghdad in April 2003.
The IFTU calls on the international labour movement to condemn this atrocity against a brave trade unionist who fought to build free unions.
Glory and honour to the martyrs of the Iraqi working class.
Glory and honour to our fallen brother, the martyred Abu Fahad.
Shame and disgrace on the terrorists.