Interview with Abdullah Muhsin, London representative of the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU)

Abdullah Muhsin has recently returned from a two week visit to Iraq with a trade union delegation from the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), the International Confederation of Arab Trade Unions, the Education International, the International Transport Workers? Federation, the AFL-CIO and the British TUC. Here he speaks to Alex Gordon, a member of the RMT who took part in a delegation of British trade unionists to Iraq in October 2003.

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1 May 2004: Newcastle

The Tyne & Wear May Day Committee has invited the IFTU to participate
in its march and rally, to be held on Saturday May 1, in Newcastle upon Tyne. This event is one of the longest established May Day events in Britain and has a strong labour movement and internationalist tradition.
Assemble at 11:30 AM in Times Square (Centre for Life), Newcastle. March leaves at 12:00. Rally at 1:00 PM Exhibition Park.
Speakers include:
Jim Cousins MP
Kevin Rowan, Northern Region TUC

Eyewitness Iraq! – IFTU addresses trade unionists in Birmingham, UK

Birmingham City Hall, 27th January, 2004: Over 100 trade unionists and anti-war campaigners braved a cold Tuesday evening to attend a packed meeting jointly organised by Birmingham Trades Union Council and Birmingham Stop The War Coalition. A range of speakers addressed the continuing US/UK illegal occupation of Iraq and discussed proposals for organising solidarity with Iraqi trade unionists.
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IFTU representative Abdullah Muhsin with Birmingham TUC President

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Interview with Iraqi trade union leaders imprisoned by US troops.

On 6 December 2003 American occupation forces raided the headquarters of the Iraqi Federation of Workers Trade Unions (IFTU).
US soldiers ransacked the building, destroyed IFTU documents, smashed windows, smeared the banner carrying the name of the IFTU outside the building with black paint and tore down union banners condemning terrorism. The raid ended with the arrest of eight IFTU leaders who were handcuffed and taken to the US military central command at Muthan airbase.
No explanations were given for this unjustified attack. It is a stark violation of human rights, which clearly contradicts the claims of the US administration that it seeks to promote democracy and end repression and violence in Iraq.
To find out what really happened, Tareeq Al Shaab interviewed four of the eight arrested IFTU leaders; Turkey Al Lehabey, Muhsin Mashkoor, Hussein Shfaait and Hussein Al Sudany. The IFTU here translates the interview.

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