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.
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.
Jim Cousins MP
Kevin Rowan, Northern Region TUC
To contact the foreign representative of the IFTU, Mr. Abdullah Muhsin:
Outside the UK – +44 7961901327 or +44 7867552672
In the UK – 07961901327 or 07867552672
Address in London
Unions demand unfreezing of assets, hopes high that
international trade union movement will formally recognise IFTU and open
way for material support to build secular unions as part of civil
The Iraqi Federation of Workers’ Trade Unions (IFTU) participated in the
annual conference of the historic Fabian Society in London on Saturday
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.
IFTU representative Abdullah Muhsin with Birmingham TUC President
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.
Representatives of the Iraqi Federation of Workers’ Trade Unions (IFTU)
held a highly successful briefing in the House of Commons on Wednesday
21st January to update parliamentarians on the current situation in
The meeting was addressed by Hadi Salih, the International Secretary of
the IFTU, during a two-day visit to the UK, which also included a
successful meeting with the TUC International Officer, Owen Tudor.
RMT president Tony Donaghey welcomed a delegation to Unity House on 20 January from the Iraqi Federation of Workers Trade Unions (IFTU) led by international secretary Hadi Salih and Abdullah Muhsin, London Based IFTU Representative .
On 6 December 2003, the IFTU issued an statement condemning the attack by
American occupation military forces on its temporary headquarters (at the
headquarters of the Transport and Communication Union, in Karkh, Allawi Al
Hilla, Baghdad), which led to the arrest of 8 IFTU leaders who were later
On 8 December 2003, the IFTU Executive Bureau sent a delegation to the Iraqi
Governing Council (IGC) and met Dr Mohammod Uthman, IGC member. The
delegation informed him in detail about the attack and handed him a
statement condemning this unjustified act and calling for compensation for
damages inflicted upon our colleagues and IFTU possessions.
The statement also demanded an apology from the local US military commander
who led the attack, and commitments that such act should never happen again
against an important organization of civil society. The statement also
reminded the American authorities not to listen to remnants of Saddam
Unfortunately, nothing has so far happened. Our head office is still closed.
The IGC did not do enough. Iraqi political parties and Iraqi public
personalities did not show solidarity and support with IFTU in these