At the recent conference of the IFTU-affiliated Transport & Communication Workers’ Union delegates unanimously passed a motion instructing the newly elected union leadership to reclaim the union’s Baghdad office building closed since December 6 2003 by an act of illegal aggression by troops of the occupation authority.
In a statement issued on 10 July 2004 the Iraqi interim government confirmed that IFTU is a legal and legitimate body that represents Iraq’s labour movement.”
1 August 2004 Terrorist Bombings:
The Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) condemned the brutal attacks against innocent Iraqi civilians and places of worship. The cowardly bomb attacks on 1 August 2004 on Iraqi Christian churches in both Baghdad and Mosul, which led to death of many innocent Iraqi citizens, are desperate acts that will fail miserably.
Subhi Abdullah Mashadani recently completed a succesful visit to Britain at the invitation of Bob Crow, General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers (RMT) to speak at RMT’s Annual General Meeting in Portsmouth. He was also given the opportunity to address delegates at the conference of Britain’s largest union, UNISON when conference standing orders were suspended at the request of UNISON President Dave Anderson. Here he is interviewed by RMT member Alex Gordon on the current situation for trade unionists in Iraq and the IFTU’s hopes for the future.
IFTU representative Abdullah Muhsin interprets for Subhi Al Mashdani
Iraq unions and the law
TUC report of an ICFTU fact-finding visit
by Owen Tudor, Trade Union Congress (UK) July 3rd, 2004
Owen Tudor, Head of the TUC European Union and International Relations Department, member of the ICFTU delegation
Subhi Al Mashadani, the IFTU General Secretary came to Britain at the end of June at the invitation of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) to address their 2004 Annual General Meeting in Portsmouth. He attended the RMT’s AGM together with the IFTU Foreign Representative in the UK, Abdullah Muhsin.
On behalf of our union I have had the opportunity to go to Iraq twice. A country savaged by an illegal war, a country ruled by terror, by Saddam and his Ba’ath Party.
A Special Report by EPIC
For many of Iraq
The IFTU was proud to accept an invitation to address the International Rally on 21 June organised by Britain’s largest trade union, UNISON at their 11th National Conference.
The Camden Branch of UNISON had already taken the initiative of organising a fringe meeting at the Conference supported by UNISON’s London Region, in defence of workers’ rights in occupied Iraq on 23 June at which the IFTU were invited to speak.
As a result of the IFTU