Al-Wafd: ‘Hadi Saleh was a brave man’

The leading Egyptian newspaper ‘Al-Wafd’, published a tribute on 31 January 2005 to Hadi Saleh, the International Secretary of the IFTU who was brutally murdered in his home by former Saddam loyalists. The publication of this fulsome tribute to the life of Hadi is extremely significant in one of the leading daily Arabic broadsheets and represents a long-overdue acknowledgement of the Iraqi people’s struggle for democracy, human rights and self-determination and against dictatorship and occupation. Unfortunately the article is not published in English, but Arabic readers may access it online here.

Letter of condolences to Hadi’s family

National Labor Relations Board Union
Local 2
26 Federal Plaza, Room 3614
New York, New York 10278-0104
Telephone: (212) 26
Fax: (212) 264-8427
March 2, 2005
Dear Mr. Mushin,
The members of Local 2 of the National Labor Relations Board Union offer their sincere condolences to the family and union brothers and sisters of Hadi Saleh. His death is a loss to all fighters for unionism and democracy.
Sincerely and fraternally yours,
Teresa Poor
President
Sent 2 march 2005

Australian Workers Union (AWU) CALLS FOR RELEASE OF KIDNAPPED IRAQI UNION LEADER

Talib Khadim, the President of the Iraqi Mechanics, Metalworkers and Printers Union (IMM&PU) has been kidnapped by Iraqi Armed Resistance.
“A free trade union movement is fundamental to the operation of a democratic society in any country” Tim Daly the West Australian Branch Secretary of the AWU said today.

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International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) Calls Election a “Key Step”, Condemns Kidnap of Union Official

Iraq: ICFTU Calls Election a “Key Step”, Condemns Kidnap of Union Official
BRUSSELS, 21 January 2005, (ICFTU Online): The ICFTU today described the holding of the elections in Iraq as a key step towards democracy and condemned the kidnapping of Talib Khadim Al Tayee, President of the Iraqi Mechanics’, Metalworkers’ and Printworkers’ Union (IMM&PU). Following the vicious torture and murder of Hadi Saleh, International Secretary of the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) on 4 January, this kidnapping highlights the dangers facing Iraqi trade unionists, as anti-democratic forces seek to eliminate and instill fear into those who defend workers’ rights as cornerstones of democratic development.

SOLIDARITY WITH TALIB’S FAMILY AND COMRADES

Dear Trade Unionists,
I was very sorry to hear of the ill treatment and kidnap of Mr. Talib Khadim Al Tayee, President of the Iraqi Mechanics, Metalworkers & Printworkers Union (IMM&PU).
Good Luck to you all in your ongoing struggle.
Our thoughts are with you.
Kind Regards,
Denise McGuire
President of Connect – the union for professionals in communications

TALIB KHADIM KIDNAPPED: IFTU condemns latest attack on President of Iraqi Mechanics’, Metalworkers’ & Printworkers’ Union (IMM&PU)

News Release:
SUBJECT: TALIB KHADIM KIDNAPPED: IFTU CONDEMNS FURTHER ATTACK AGAINST A LEADING IRAQI TRADE UNIONIST.
The Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) denounced yesterday further attacks on one of its key leading elected officials.
At 9:30am on Thursday 27 January 2005 a group of six gunmen using two cars broke into the main building of the Carton Board Manufacturing Company in Al Zafarania District of Baghdad and kidnapped Mr. Talib Khadim Al Tayee, President of the Iraqi Mechanics’, Metalworkers’ & Printworkers’ Union (IMM&PU), after attacking him violently in front of workers.
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TALIB KHADIM, President of the Iraqi Mechanics’, Metalworkers’ & Printworkers’ Union (IMM&PU)

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تأملات في العنف, لا سيما عنف أولئك الذين يفجّرون العراق

فالح عبدالجبار الحياة 2005/01/23
تعرفت على العنف, أول مرة, على الورق. لا يزال كتاب فرانز فانون “معذبو الأرض” بين كتب اخرى, تذكرة مفيدة. قدّم لنا الكتاب صورة عن دورة تاريخية للعنف بعيني طبيب نفساني, وزنجي – فرنسي, قام بمعالجات سريرية للظاهرة.

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THE DEATH OF HADI SALEH by David Bacon

EDITOR’S NOTE: The assassination of prominent union organizer Hadi Saleh in Iraq shows just how difficult the establishment of a free and democratic Iraq will be. Union organizers and other progressive Iraqis face both deadly Baathist insurgents, who likely killed Saleh, and U.S. occupiers intent on privatizing Iraq’s state-owned factories. PNS associate editor David Bacon (dbacon@igc.org) is a photographer and writer specializing in labor issues. He visited Iraq in October 2003.
BY DAVID BACON, PACIFIC NEWS SERVICE
When they came for Hadi Saleh, they found him at home in Baghdad with his family. First, they bound his hands and feet with wire. Then they tortured him, cutting him with a knife. He died of strangulation, and before fleeing, his assailants pumped bullets into his dead body.

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