IFTU backs call by Iraqis living abroad for release of kidnapped Italian and Iraqi aid workers

Two Italian women aid workers, Simona Pari and Simona Torretta who are both aged 29 and their two Iraqi colleagues were kidnapped on Tuesday 7th September 2004. Simona Pari and Simona Torretta, both Italians, and Ra’ad Ali Abdul Azziz and Mahnoaz Bassam, both Iraqis, are members of “Un Ponte Per Baghdad/A Bridge to Baghdad”, an independent Italian humanitarian organization that has been working in Iraq since 1992 and “INTERSOS”, supported by the Italian trade union movement. Their abduction has led to demonstrations in Baghdad by children who have been involved in Bridges to Baghdad projects.
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Kidnapped: Ra’ad Ali Abdul Azziz, Mahnoaz Bassam, Simona Pari and Simona Torretta – an Iraqi child calls for their release yesterday

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IFTU calls on Iraqi government to implement new Labour Code

At a meeting with the Iraqi Minister of Labour and Social Affairs on Monday 30 August 2004, the IFTU called for the implementation of a new Labour Code without delay and demanded that the Ministry tackle unemployment. The Minister Mrs. Leyla Abdel Latif met the IFTU delegation composed of the first two vice presidents Mr. Hadi Ali and Mr. Mahal Al Delimy, the General Secretary Mr. Subhi Abdullah and EC members, Adnan Al Safar, Kamal Aziz and Abd Mohammed Sughi.

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Italian peace and labour movement makes solidarity visit to IFTU

A delegation from the Italian “Stop the War” coalition, humanitarian organisations and trade unions, including the Italian General Confederation of Labour (CGIL) recently visited Baghdad at the invitation of the IFTU.
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Women workers at a Baghdad cardboard box factory meet the Italian delegation

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Jordanian government threatens to nullify union election

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Jordanian government threatens to nullify union election
Brussels, 7 September 2004 (ICFTU Online): Undue interference in trade
union affairs was the charge levelled today by the international trade
union movement against the Jordanian government.

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The Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU): Outline History and Future Tasks

First I would like to offer a brief account of the state of the oil sector in Iraq. Then move on to provide a brief history of the Iraqi labour movement and of the emergence of the IFTU before I go on to discuss the current situation in Iraq and the challenges the IFTU faces.

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The importance of the Iraqi National Conference

1300 delegates representing people and organisations from Iraq’s 18 provinces defied the extremist wreckers and terrorists – both Islamist fundamentalists and Saddam suporters – by gathering in Baghdad’s Convention Centre on Sunday 15 August 2004 to elect an interim National Assembly and to engage in an open national dialogue on Iraq’s future.

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