Thabit al-Harron met Abdullah Muhsin of the IFTU and Brian Joyce a member of the National Executive Committee of the British Fire Brigades Union (FBU) on 18th April 2004 to discuss the recent success of the FBU’s humanitarian mission to Basra and to pledge further support for the IFTU.
By Dickon Hooper
BBC News Online, Wiltshire
Abdullah Muhsin, the foreign representative of the IFTU, during his recent visit to Iraq 15 April 2004 met with Hassan Juma, President of the Oil and Gas workers’ union in the Southern Oil Company (SOC) in Basra. Also present were the President of IFTU’s Basra branch and a member of the Basra IFTU executive committee. Mr Juma the SOC Union President said: “We pledge our continuing support for the IFTU and plan to develop further the SOC union’s active involvement as an integral part of the democratic structures of the IFTU in Basra.” (See photo attached.)
The London-based representative of the IFTU held a briefing in the House of Commons on Wednesday, 24 March 2004 to update parliamentarians and media on three current issues:
Recognition of the new IFTU by international labour centres.
The signing of the new Iraqi Transitional Administrative Law.
The recent ICFTU led fact-finding mission to Iraq.
The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), the International Confederation of Arab Trade Unions (ICATU), the Education International (EI), the International Transport Workers
Conference stands together with women all over the world who are working
to establish basic human rights, including trade union rights, and equal
status for women, and particularly at this time those in Iraq.
ICFTU Press Statement http://www.icftu.org/displaydocument.asp?Index=991218998&Language=EN
A first international trade union mission*, has returned from a 10-day fact finding mission in Iraq. The main purposes of the mission were to gain a clearer understanding of trade union developments inside Iraq, and to raise key concerns about the reconstruction process with officials of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and Iraq?s Governing Council.
Statement from Abdullah Muhsin of the IFTU on recent international trade union delegation to Iraq.