IFTU condemns wave of terror against Iraqi workers

The Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions reported further attacks on its members on the railway line between Basra and Nasiriyyah and on union offices in Baghdad.
An IFTU statement published in the Morning Star newspaper (Tuesday 4th January 2005) said: “These criminal acts designed to intimidate workers and trade unionists follow a well-established pattern of targeted campaigns of assassination and terror which have been waged by those loyal to the former fascist-type, dictatorial regime of Saddam Hussein against individual IFTU activists and ordinary workers in recent months.
“In particular, there have been two attempts on the life of Nuzad Ismaiel, president of the IFTU in the Kirkuk region.”
“In the first incident, on December 25, a freight train travelling from Basra to An-Nasiriyyah was attacked.” [for a detailed map of the Iraqi Railway Network from the United Nations Joint Logistics Center go to here.
“Two train drivers were kidnapped and the other five workers on the train were severely beaten and left in a life-threatening condition.”
“The IFTU also reported that the Transport and Communication Workers Union headquarters had been badly damaged in a bombardment with rocket-propelled grenades and mortars on the night of December 26-27.”

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For “no Justice, no peace- the occupation’s war on Iraq workers”

David Bacon
November 18th, 2004
Speech accepting the Max Steinbock Award
For “No Justice, No Peace – The Occupation’s War on Iraqi Workers”
Published in The ILWU Dispatcher, December, 2003
By David Bacon
Washington, DC, November 12, 2004
I want to thank ILCA for this award. It’s a very emotional moment for me, and I feel very strongly about what you’ve done, because it doesn’t just recognize me or this article but the issue that they represent – the importance of speaking out to end the war. You’ve done something very important in choosing this article, and this moment.

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Interview: President of the Iraqi Agricultural Workers’ Union

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.

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