Support the TUC Appeal for Iraq

The TUC Aid Iraq Appeal, raising money for Iraqi trade unionists to rebuild a free and independent trade union movement, and strengthen civil society in Iraq.
All the money you give will go to funding trade union organisation in Iraq. The TUC makes no deductions from your donation for administration. If you and/or your union branch or region gives money you will be helping Iraqi unions develop their organising and education programmes, and buy IT and office equipment.
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“You can help rebuild free and independent trade unions in Iraq by making a donation to the TUC Aid Appeal. Please give now and give generously. And encourage others to follow your example”
Brendan Barber, TUC General Secretary

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Terrorists Murder Iraqi Railworkers

The IFTU reported on Wednesday 3 November 2004 that 4 of their members were killed on the night of Wednesday 27th/Thursday 28 October when their train was attacked by mortar fire on the railway line between Mosul and Baghdad. The 2 train drivers, a train controller (guard) and a security guard working for Iraqi Railways (IRR) were reported to have been killed their bodies mutilated and burnt by terrorists. The freight train that was attacked was reported to have been carrying consumer goods.
The statement issued by the IFTU Executive Committee follows.

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UNISON demands end to harrassment of Iraqi trade unionists

(21/10/04) A campaign of vilification against representatives of IFTU, the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions, must stop, says the UK’s biggest union UNISON.
Some anti-war campaigners have fixated on alleged clandestine sponsorship of the IFTU by the government, questioning its independence and representative claim on behalf of Iraqi members.

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Abdullah Muhsin urges all progressives throughout the world to support the IFTU

Right to reply
(Tuesday 12 October 2004)
Abdullah Muhsin
ABDULLAH MUHSIN urges all progressives throughout the world to support the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU).
I have just returned to England from Amman, Jordan, where I have spent the last seven days at two major conferences. One was called by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions and the ILO, at which the IFTU was represented by seven of its affiliates and the other by the International Transport Federation, with 2 IFTU transport unions present.

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Grassroots Iraq: IFTU addresses Labour Party Conference fringe meeting

The Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) hosted a fringe meeting at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton on 29 September 2004, chaired by Harry Barnes Labour MP who is a member of the Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs and who opposed the war on Iraq.
The speakers were Abdullah Muhsin IFTU, Bill Ramell MP, Owen Tudor TUC International Secretary, Keith Sonnet Deputy General Secretary UNISON, Brian Joyce NEC (Treasurer) Fire Brigades Union.
Abdullah Muhsin’s address to the fringe meeting follows:
“I would like to extend the warm greetings of the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions to each of you. Thanks you for coming here tonight. I believe all of us have very important work to do together. I want to say that supporting grassroots Iraq, supporting the Iraqi democrats, is today the most important work there is.

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Scottish unions to help Iraqi workers

Edinburgh trades unionists held a successful and enthusiastic meeting a the Quaker Meeting House on Thursday 23rd September organised by the Lothian Iraqi Workers’ Solidarity Group, which has been set up on the initiative of Edinburgh TUC. The meeting was called to discuss ways in which trade unions in Edinburgh and Scotland can help new unions in Iraq. Edinburgh TUC has an impressive record of organising practical international solidarity with the South African labour movement when it was struggling against the apartheid state in the 1980s and 90s.

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ZNet/Iraq: Who are the progressives in Iraq?

by Frank Smyth, http://www.franksmyth.com/
September 30, 2004,
Foreign Policy in Focus
http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=15&ItemID=6330
One event in Baghdad went unreported this month, not only by the mainstream media but also by the “alternative” press, even though it implies that U.S. control over Iraq’s political future may already be waning. In August, the White House supported the establishment of an Iraqi National Council comprising 100 Iraqis from various tribal, ethnic, and religious groups in an effort to influence the composition of an electoral oversight body. Yet this month, two large political parties, each of which has long been viewed with suspicion by Washington, came out ahead in the voting.

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