The International Centre for Trade Union Rights (‘ICTUR’): trade union rights violations in Iraq
Attn: George W. Bush, President of the United States of America
Cc: Iraqi government, General Federation of Iraqi Workers, Trade Union Rights Centre (Iraq).
5 March 2007
The International Centre for Trade Union Rights is seriously concerned by a series of raids carried out against trade union premises by US forces in Iraq.
ICTUR understands that US forces carried out three armed raids on the offices of two Iraqi trade unions:
Continue reading ICTUR Sends a Letter of Protest to the President of the USA
Friday February 23, 2007 10:16 PM
Associated Press Writer
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – The Iraqi Union for Journalists said Friday it has demanded an apology and compensation for a U.S.-led raid on the group’s headquarters this week. The U.S. military insisted American troops were not involved.
International journalism advocacy groups also expressed outrage over the raid, which occurred Monday in the northern Baghdad neighborhood of Waziriyah, a predominantly Sunni area.
Continue reading Iraqi Journalists Union Demands Apology
According to the As Sabah Newspaper, the Ministry of Education has revealed its determination to appoint 25,000 elementary and high school teachers by the end of the current year.
In an exclusive interview with Minister of education Mr Kudheir al-Khaza’I said that his ministry is in need of huge financial allocation.
TUC condemns anti-union terrorism
The TUC has issued a stern condemnation of anti-terrorist attacks on the Iraqi union movement. On 31 January, GFIW legal adviser Dr. Adnan Al-Abed was found murdered with two university colleagues, GFIW Vice President Khalil al-Mashhadani was injured when his car was bombed, and the GFIW building in Nineveh was attacked.
Continue reading TUC Iraq Bulletin, Feb 2007
On 23 February, American and Iraqi forces raided the head office of the General Federation of Iraqi Workers (GFIW) and arrested one of the Union security staff.
This unprovoked attack resulted in the destruction of furniture, the confiscation of a computer and fax machine and the arrest of employee who was released unharmed later same day.
Continue reading Official Statement on American raids on the GFIW headquarters in Baghdad
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Anushka Asthana, education correspondent
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TUC letter to the Iraqi GFIW
3 February 2007
TUC condemns anti-union terrorism in Iraq
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber has condemned three examples of barbarous terrorism against the trade union movement in Iraq.
Writing personally to the General Secretary of the Iraqi GFIW, Rasem Al-Awady, he said:
‘Trade unionism is founded on the principle that an injury to one is an injury to all, and I have no doubt that, contrary to their intentions, the actions of these terrorists will only redouble the commitment of Iraqi trade unionists, and the solidarity of trade unionists around the world for your struggles.’
For more information please click here: www.tuc.org.uk/international
Brussels, 2 February (ITUC OnLine)
Khalil Ibrahim Al-Mashhadani,Vice-President of the GFIW (General Federation of Iraqi Workers) as well as General Secretary of the Arab Federation of Building and Wood Workers, was injured in a bomb attack on Wednesday Jan 31st. Prior to the founding of the GFIW with the merger of the former GFTU, IFTU and
GFITU, Khalil held the position of President of the former GFITU. The
ITUC firmly condemns what it considers to be a targeted attack on a
trade union activist. For more information please click here: www.ituc-csi.org,/a>
Continue reading Iraq: ITUC Condemns bomb attack on trade union leader
AFP News brief
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