In a wide ranging statement, to commemorate World Labour Day, the GFIW urges the Iraqi government to tackle the problems of unemployment and to revoke all anti-union legislation.
A statement issued by the General Federation of Iraqi Workers 24 April 2007 The Executive Committee of the General Federation of Iraqi Workers mourns the martyr Vice President of the General Federation of Iraqi workers of the province of Nineveh and his martyred wife on the 9th of April 2007. A statement issued by the General Federation of Iraqi Workers: said we mourn our martyred trade union leader, brother Moaaid Hamid, the Vice President of our Federation in the province of Nineveh and his martyred wife following clashes between forces of the Iraqi army and terrorist elements in the province. … Continue reading Another martyred comrade
Henry Porter of the Observer and Mohammed of Iraq The Model both consider it a crime against humanity for Iraqi insurgents to use chlorine bombs.
Abdullah Muhsin (International Representative of the General Federation of Iraqi Workers), Dave Anderson MP (Joint President Labour Friends of Iraq) and Sue Rogers (Chair TUC Iraq Solidarity Committee and Treasurer NASUWT), remember a fallen comrade. The Iraqi labour movement has lost another courageous trade union leader – a patriot who wanted to see Iraq free, to see his family live in a decent and prosperous environment and to see the steady growth of free, independent and democratic unions. Veteran leader, Najim Abd-Jasem, the General Secretary of the Mechanic Workers’ Union, was abducted by criminal militias in Baghdad and found three … Continue reading Remembering Najim
See this report of the first mass event in Baghdad in years by any secular democratic group. The ICP sees national reconciliation and unity as necessary to ending foreign occupation and regaining political and economic sovereignty.
Harry Barnes remembers meeting Najim Abd-Jasem a year ago
The General Federation of Iraqi Workers has just published this statement on the abduction, torture and murder of a senior and veteran leader of the independent Iraqi labour movement in what is most clearly a part of a deliberate and systematic campaign to physically liquidate the non-sectarian leadership of the new Iraqi trade unions. Members of the Labour Friends of Iraq delegation to that country met our comrade Najim Abd-Jasem last year when he was part of a 22 strong delegation from the Iraqi trade union movement to discuss solidarity work with us. His barbaric murder is a great loss … Continue reading Torture and Murder of Iraqi Trade Union Leader Najim Abd-Jasem
The ICEM, the Global Union Federation for oil workers, is calling for strong condemnation of the two recent US and Iraqi military raids on union offices in Baghdad. The raids, during which one worker was arrested, and computers and fax machines at the central office of the General Federation of Iraqi Workers (GFIW) confiscated, occurred on 23 and 25 February. The ICEM, with affiliates in 125 countries, is calling on trade unions worldwide to directly protest this unprovoked attack on a trade union federation that stands for nation building and bettering the living conditions inside Iraq. ICEM is calling on … Continue reading Military Raids, Arrest at Iraqi Union Office: ICEM Demands Action
The diary of Saad Eskander as he, with his Sunni and Shia staff, struggle to re-open the Iraq National Library and Archive.
Tim Lezard talks to a soccer-star headteacher who will not be intimidated by daily threats of death. Hassan, who is a member of the Iraqi Teachers Union, believes he has a responsibility not only to his 500 pupils, but also to wider society. Though depleted by law and starved of resources, the unions offer a rare glimpse of hope amid the wreckage of Iraq. Their leaders have been at the forefront of creating a new democratic and secular civil society and are often targeted because of that.