NEWS UPDATE from IFTU:
IFTU Executive Statement
The following interview with Abdul Aalye Awlawe Al Rekeabye, President of the Agricultural Workers Union was conducted at the recent Conference of Iraqi trade unions organised by the ICFTU in Amman, Jordan to discuss the application of ILO Conventions in Iraq and the development of a labour code for the Iraqi constitution.
The following report from Khalud Jasim Muthana, President of the Construction Workers’ & Carpenters’ Union was given at the recent Conference of Iraqi trade unions organised by the ICFTU in Amman, Jordan to discuss the application of ILO Conventions in Iraq and the development of a labour code for the Iraqi constitution.
“After the fall of the Saddam regime, we began to organise in the construction industry. I was appointed as the President of the preparatory committee, which by 28th June 2004 comprised 42 workplace committees.”
Iraqi labour movement makes global debut with tough task ahead
Asia – AFP Thu, Dec 09, 2004
By Shingo Ito
BUILDING A GLOBAL UNION MOVEMENT FOR THE FUTURE
MIYAZAKI , JAPAN
5 – 10 DECEMBER 2004
INTERNATIONAL CONFEDERATION OF FREE TRADE UNIONS
Iraqi labour unions making their global debut at a conference in Japan are seeking tips on how to make workers aware of rights suppressed for years by Saddam Hussein.
Miyazaki, Japan, 7th December 2004: Competition amongst developing countries to attract foreign investors is forcing their governments to employ tax breaks and a liberal labour policy with the result of a fast-track to escalating labour abuses, said the ICFTU at the launch of a special report on the second day of its 4 yearly Congress.
Middle East Report Online
The IMF and the Future of Iraq
December 7, 2004
(Zaid Al-Ali practices international commercial arbitration law in Paris and works with Jubilee Iraq, an organization advocating debt relief for Iraq. He is also the editor of http://www.iraqieconomy.org/)
On November 21, 2004, the 19 industrialized nations that make up the so-called Paris Club issued a decision that, in effect, traces the outline of Iraq’s economic future. The decision concerns a portion of Iraq’s $120 billion sovereign debt — a staggering amount that all concerned parties recognize is unsustainable. In their proposal to write off some of the debt, the Paris Club members took advantage of the opportunity to impose conditions that could bind the successor government in Baghdad to policies of free-market fundamentalism.
LEARNING THE TRICKS OF THE TRADE UNIONS
(Saturday 04 December 2004)
Alex Gordon & Richard Bagley
IN FOCUS: ALEX GORDON and RICHARD BAGLEY hear Iraqi trade unionists explain the terrible situation facing activists in the war-torn country
LAST month, trade unionists from Britain extended the hand of solidarity to their fellow workers in Iraq. Six representatives from the occupied country’s largest trade union force, the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU), visited Britain as guests of UNISON.
Since its formation in the wake of the Ba’athist regime’s collapse, the IFTU has been fighting on meagre resources to unite Iraq’s workers and get rid of the legacy of the country’s collaborationist “yellow unions.”
Dear USLAW comrades,
IFTU sends our warmest greetings to the delegates and all the labour union members represented at the important USLAW Leadership Assembly.
IFTU salutes USLAW
A representative of the British Fire Brigades Union, Brian Joyce, together with the IFTU General Secretary and Woda Jasib an executive member of the IFTU met a wide range of political parties, politicians, trade unions and ministers of the Kurdish regional governments in Dohuk as well as very many ordinary workers.
The message they gave from across the political spectrum was very clear: Iraqi Kurds clearly dismiss the so-called resistance as criminals, saboteurs and religious fundamentalists.
The delegation received the same political message in the regional capital, Irbil, from the leaders of six unions, which organize 48,000 members between them. Brian visited three fire stations and identified crucial needs such as a better means of communications for when they go out on a “shout” and adequate protective clothing instead of their present cotton clothing. Brian has promised that the FBU will send another container of fire-fighting equipment within the next few weeks.