Dave Anderson MP, tables Commons motion in defence of Iraqi trade unions

Dave Anderson MP and LFIQ Chair, tables Commons motion in defence of Iraqi Workers Federation (IWF)
EDM 1689 reads as follows:
Iraqi Trade Unions
That this House supports the independent and democratic Iraqi trade union movement, mainly centred around the newly merged Iraqi Workers Federation (IWF) and the Kurdish trade unions, which play an important role in re-building of its devastated national economy and consolidating the current political process in order to create a democratic, united and federal state after years of repression and hardship at the hands of the deposed dictatorship of Saddam; is,
therefore, deeply disturbed that on 8 August 2005 the Iraqi council of ministers issued Decree 8750 which declared that union finances would be taken over by the government and that a new law on trade unionism would be developed by the government, without mentioning freedom of association which is a basic human right and one of the fundamental conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) or the involvement of the Iraqi trade union movement; is further disturbed at recent reports that the government has replaced the leadership of the independent engineers’ union with its own appointees in a prima facie breach of freedom of association; welcomes the decision of professional organisations to create with the IWF an umbrella organisation to oppose Decree 8750; further congratulates the TUC for initiating global protests against Decree 8750 and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions for supporting the IWF’s complaint formally requesting that the ILO intervene directly with the Iraqi government; and supports the IWF and others in all available democratic means to stop this undemocratic practice against Iraqi workers.
Dave Anderson
Joan Ruddock
Dai Harvard
Rob Marris
Sharon Hodgson
Peter Bottomley
Sarah McCarthy-Fry
George Howarth
Bob Spink

Condemning the Criminal Attack on Shrine in Samaraa

The Iraqi Communist Party Condemns the Criminal Attack on Shrine in Samaraa
In yet another evil and criminal attempt by the enemies of Iraq; the enemies of national unity, a gang of criminals carried out a bomb attack on the shrines of Imams Ali Al-Hadi and Hassan Al-Askari, in Samaraa. The aim is to ignite the flames of sectarian sedition among the Iraqi people and destroy their national unity that we all strive to preserve. The loss of this unity would mean the loss of Iraq, as a land, a people and a civilization.

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Solidarity Day with NGOs to Abolish Decree 8750

Solidarity Day with NGOs to Abolish Decree 8750
The “Co-ordinating Committee for the NGOs Conference” has considered the 6th of February a day of solidarity for abolishing the government Decree 8750, issued on 8 August 2005. The Committee, that includes the Iraqi Council for Peace and Solidarity and the Unions and Associations Co-ordinating Committee, held meetings yesterday at the headquarters of both the Engineers Association and the Peace Council. Banners were also raised at the buildings of all unions and vocational organisations. The “Co-ordinating Committee for the NGOs Conference” had issued an Urgent Appeal, addressed to the President, the government, the parliament and the leaders of political parties. It was distributed to the local, Arab and international media.

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Hamid Majid Mousa, the ICP Secretary General meets Iraqi Unions Co-ordinating Committee to discuss the implications of Decree No. 8750.

Iraqi CP Leader Receives Delegation of Unions and Associations
Hamid Majid Mousa, the Secretary of the Central Committee of the Iraqi Communist Party, received a delegation of the Unions Co-ordinating Committee on 7 February 2006.

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