Assassinated by Anti-People Terrorists The Political Bureau of the Iraqi Communist Party issued a statement today, 5th January 2005, mourning a prominent trade unionist leader and party member, comrade Hadi Saleh (Abu Furat), who was assassinated in Baghdad in a cowardly act by anti-people terrorist elements and supporters of the ousted dictatorial regime.
A terrorist group has assassinated Mr. Hadi Saleh, a prominent leader and international secretary of Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions-IFTU, Wednesday January 04. 2005 .They assassinated him near his home in Baghdad, in a series of assassination and physical eradication exercised by the terrorist groups. Assassination is tradition by those political groups who have no any connection with Iraqi people and they are trying to implement their policies through threats, assassination persecution and physical eradication. Assassination will not end the path of any progressive political activist and group which determined to struggle for a free and progressive life for Iraqi … Continue reading Statement of the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in Iraq (FWCUI) on the Assassination of Mr. Hadi Saleh, international secretary of Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions-IFTU
Hadi Salih, International Officer of the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions, was a courageous union activist. His assassination in Baghdad yesterday is a crime against Iraq’s working people and its labor movement. The cowardly manner of his killing – he was shot in his bed – is intended to send a message to Iraq’s workers and trade unionists – that their efforts to participate in any peaceful process of political change will be met with death. We stand in solidarity with the IFTU in rejecting this brutal intimidation.
David Cockroft, General Secretary of global union federation the ITF, said today: “I have to report with sadness that we have learned of the murder at his home last night of Hadi Salih, International Officer of the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU).”
“The terrible news that Hadi Salih, International Secretary of the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU), was murdered at his home in Baghdad last night is a tragedy for his family and friends. A great working class leader, who I was privileged to meet when I chaired a briefing at the Commons last year, has been murdered by fascist Saddam loyalists. The best tribute we can pay to this decent and honourable man is to redouble all efforts to support the IFTU and civil society in Iraq. His murder should force everyone to recognise that the so-called resistance is no … Continue reading Harry Barnes MP condemns murder of Iraqi trade union leader
5 January 2005 The TUC today (Wednesday) condemned the murder of Hadi Salih, the international secretary of the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU), who was shot last night by assassins who broke into his Baghdad home. TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: “Hadi was a very brave man, who with no thoughts for his own personal safety, returned home as soon as Saddam was gone to try to make Iraq a better place to live and work. “Like all trade unionists, Hadi believed in peaceful solutions to working people’s problems and his commitment to rebuilding the trade union movement … Continue reading TUC condemns the murder of top Iraqi trade unionist
According to a report in the Philadelphia Daily News, ‘Nearly three-quarters of Iraqis say they “strongly intend” to vote in next month’s pivotal elections, and a small majority believe the country is headed in the right direction, according to a major new poll of Iraqi attitudes.
Erik Eckholm reported in yesterday’s New York Times that ‘leaders of the country’s most powerful political coalition, which is led by Shiite parties, held a surprise news conference in Baghdad. They urged Sunni Arabs to take part in the elections and sought to dispel fears that they were under the sway of Iran or were trying to establish an Islamic theocracy. The leaders of the coalition, the United Iraqi Alliance, said elections must proceed as scheduled despite widespread violence, which is concentrated in Sunni regions north and west of Baghdad.’ (AJ)
Janice MacDonald writes that “those who are against the war but show minimal interest in Iraqi human rights are no friends of the Iraqi people”. We back Iraqi unions and others who oppose occupation, neo-liberal economics and being saddled with Saddam’s debts. But the so-called resistance deliberately murders such people for daring to support the UN election process. Nozad Ismail, the president of the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions, in Kirkuk, has twice escaped assassination and receives daily threats. Solidarity with Nozad and others is the most urgent priority for friends of the Iraqi people. Gary Kent, Labour Friends of … Continue reading LFIQ stresses solidarity in Guardian