Workers’ rights in Basra

Despite warm words when LFIQ met the Iraqi PM in Baghdad in 2008, the position of the independent labour movement in Iraq (there are differences in the Kurdistan Region) continues to alarm those who favour trade unions, alongside other independent civil society bodies, as a way or overcoming sectarian differences and of ensuring that social justice and equality are hardwired into Iraq as it uses its vast natural wealth to overcome the legacy of fascism. This report looks at the situation in Basra and powerfully illustrates the need for a new labour law that brings Iraq into compliance with ILO standards.
Gary Kent