Hundreds of railways Workers in Basra went on strike today, Tuesday 15 May 2007 demanding that the new salary scheme past by the Iraqi government two months ago for all state employees should include rail workers as well. The union also called for the local authorities to grant railways workers annual bonuses like other state employees.
The President of the Railways workers Union in Basra said that “the objective of the strike that is supported by more than 800 Railway workers in Basra is to seek fair wage for railway workers.
Hundreds of night security guards protested on, Sunday 13 May 2007, in the city center of Samawah, the capital of Al Muthanna province against:
*the reduction of their salaries,
*dismissing some of their colleagues,
*and to settle their unpaid salaries.
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The GFIW organized a May Day Celebration on Tusday 1 May 2007.
Thousands of workers embraced Ferdos Square in the center of the capital Baghdad, at the invitation of the General Federation of Iraqi workers on the occasion of the World Labor Day
The ICEM has expressed shock and anger at the mid-April killing of General Federation of Iraq Workers (GFIW) Vice-President Moaaid Hamid and his wife. The two were killed in the province of Nineveh during a clash between forces of the Iraqi army and terrorist elements inside the province.
Hamid was a contributor to the founding of the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions in 2003, before that trade union centre evolved into the GFIW. He had been a victim of Saddam
Workers at the University of Basra protest, demanding better wages and better working conditions.
On Tuesday 8 May 2007, dozens of university workers protested to the presidency of Basra University and to remind them to implement the pledged the University made earlier.
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The GFIW organized a May Day Celebration on Tusday 1 May 2007
Thousands of workers embraced Ferdos Square in the center of the capital Baghdad, at the invitation of the General Federation of Iraqi workers on the occasion of the World Labor Day.
On the occuasion of May Day, hundreds of workers in Maysan provicne staged a a demonstration started from the front of the GFIW head offcie through the main streets in which workers called for a decent life for workers.
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May Day march in Iraq
Despite growing violence against civil society in Iraq, trade unionists staged a May Day march in Basra. Hashimia Muhsin Hussein (left in photo), President of the Basra Electricity and Energy Union, led the march which included other women trade unionists calling for women
The GFIW in Basra organize March to celebrate May Day, One of the Marchers Banner Reads: Strong Unions Need Women