LFIQ Joint President Dave Anderson is asking the PM what support the UK Government is giving to develop democratic, independent trade unions in Iraq. The question will be raised in Question Time on 25th October
Dave Anderson has also tabled a written question asking the Prime Minister, what assessment he has commissioned into the findings of the recent Lancet report on deaths in Iraq.
Both answers will be posted as soon as they are available.
Peter Beaumont in Baghdad for the Guardian reports that Iraqs school and university system is in danger of collapse in large areas of the country as pupils and teachers take flight in the face of threats of violence. Professors and parents have told the Guardian they no longer feel safe to attend their educational institutions. In some schools and colleges, up to half the staff have fled abroad, resigned or applied to go on prolonged vacation, and class sizes have also dropped by up to half in the areas that are the worst affected. Professionals in higher education, particularly those teaching the sciences and in health, have been targeted for assassination. Universities from Basra in the south to Kirkuk and Mosul in the north have been infiltrated by militia organisations, while the same militias from Islamic organisations regularly intimidate female students at the school and university gates for failing to wear the hijab. Women teachers have been ordered by their ministry to adopt Islamic codes of clothing and behaviour.
Here is the text of the Iraqi Presidents speech to the recent UN General Assembly in which he called on national leaders to support the International Compact for development in his country: We are hopeful that the international community fulfils its obligations by providing the required resources to deal with the key priorities and achieve a common vision in the framework of an economic transformation process for the sustainable development programme.
The Times reports that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has announced a four-point plan based on neighbourhood committees to report on sectarian militias and government security forces amid scepticism that this effort will succeed. More proof, I say, that the international labour movement should redouble its solidarity with the non-sectarian trade unions and other parts of civil society. Their chances of success will be increased with such external support. Gary Kent
Australian writer Jim Nolan takes parts of the left to task for ignoring the plight of the Kurds and the Iraqi labour movement. Gary Kent.
LFIQ Joint President Dave Anderson today asked the party conference to
back the Iraqi trade unions and called on the government to use its
influence in reversing anti-union restrictions in Iraq.
This moving report shows the bravery of pupils, one of whom says There is death out there, people are dying, But despite all that I like to come to school.
The TUC is calling a London demonstration in support of jailed Zimbabwean trades
unionists. 1pm, Friday 22 Sep, Zimbabwe Embassy, the Strand.
Solidarity with the Iraqi Labour Movement, chaired by Dave Anderson MP
UNISON Offices, Arena Point, Hunts Bank, Manchester
6-7.30pm, Wednesday 27th September
The meeting is outside the security zone so no credentials are needed.
The deputy prime minister of Iraq Barham Sali outlines the Iraqi government strategy for national reconciliation, democratic federalism, political inclusion and a fair and rational oil policy.