Interview: President of the Iraqi Agricultural Workers’ Union

The following interview with Abdul Aalye Awlawe Al Rekeabye, President of the Agricultural Workers Union was conducted at the recent Conference of Iraqi trade unions organised by the ICFTU in Amman, Jordan to discuss the application of ILO Conventions in Iraq and the development of a labour code for the Iraqi constitution.

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Interview: President of the Construction Workers’ & Carpenters’ Union

The following report from Khalud Jasim Muthana, President of the Construction Workers’ & Carpenters’ Union was given at the recent Conference of Iraqi trade unions organised by the ICFTU in Amman, Jordan to discuss the application of ILO Conventions in Iraq and the development of a labour code for the Iraqi constitution.
“After the fall of the Saddam regime, we began to organise in the construction industry. I was appointed as the President of the preparatory committee, which by 28th June 2004 comprised 42 workplace committees.”

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IFTU participates at the ICFTU 18th World Congress – Miyazaki, Japan

Iraqi labour movement makes global debut with tough task ahead
Asia – AFP Thu, Dec 09, 2004
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/japan_unions_iraq
By Shingo Ito
Miyazaki,
Japan
GLOBALISING SOLIDARITY
BUILDING A GLOBAL UNION MOVEMENT FOR THE FUTURE
MIYAZAKI , JAPAN
5 – 10 DECEMBER 2004
INTERNATIONAL CONFEDERATION OF FREE TRADE UNIONS
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Iraqi labour unions making their global debut at a conference in Japan are seeking tips on how to make workers aware of rights suppressed for years by Saddam Hussein.

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The IMF and the Future of Iraq

Middle East Report Online
http://www.merip.org/index.html
The IMF and the Future of Iraq
Zaid Al-Ali
December 7, 2004
(Zaid Al-Ali practices international commercial arbitration law in Paris and works with Jubilee Iraq, an organization advocating debt relief for Iraq. He is also the editor of http://www.iraqieconomy.org/)
On November 21, 2004, the 19 industrialized nations that make up the so-called Paris Club issued a decision that, in effect, traces the outline of Iraq’s economic future. The decision concerns a portion of Iraq’s $120 billion sovereign debt — a staggering amount that all concerned parties recognize is unsustainable. In their proposal to write off some of the debt, the Paris Club members took advantage of the opportunity to impose conditions that could bind the successor government in Baghdad to policies of free-market fundamentalism.

Interview with Iraqi trade unionists: Morning Star (Saturday 04 December 2004)

LEARNING THE TRICKS OF THE TRADE UNIONS
http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index2.php/ex/examples
(Saturday 04 December 2004)
Alex Gordon & Richard Bagley
IN FOCUS: ALEX GORDON and RICHARD BAGLEY hear Iraqi trade unionists explain the terrible situation facing activists in the war-torn country
LAST month, trade unionists from Britain extended the hand of solidarity to their fellow workers in Iraq. Six representatives from the occupied country’s largest trade union force, the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU), visited Britain as guests of UNISON.
Since its formation in the wake of the Ba’athist regime’s collapse, the IFTU has been fighting on meagre resources to unite Iraq’s workers and get rid of the legacy of the country’s collaborationist “yellow unions.”

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