A Sydney group has been formed to raise money for and build links with Iraqi unions.
In July a meeting initiated by Workers Liberty held at the Irish Club led to the formation of the Australia/Iraq Trade Union Solidarity group (AUSIRAQ). Frustration with the refusal of most of the left to support the struggle of the workers' movement in Iraq gave rise to this development.
A fund raiser is planned for November. If you want to find out more, feel free to join the egroup: AUSIRAQ@yahoogroups.com
We, the members and supporters of Australia/Iraq Trade Union Solidarity (AUSIRAQ) wish to assist in:
* the building and strengthening of self-governing and democratic trade unions in Iraq
* developing links between Australian trade unions and their counterparts in Iraq
WE WILL ENGAGE IN
* fund raising
* information exchanges
* promotion of visits to workplaces in Iraq by Australian trade union delegations..
* promotion of speaking tours by Iraqi trade unionists who are able to come here
WE WILL ADVOCATE
* solidarity actions by unions in Australia in support of just claims by unions in Iraq
* for the adoption of policies supporting workers' rights in Iraq by the Australian trade union movement
* for all workers in Iraq to enjoy full trade unions rights e.g. no child labour
* right to organize and bargain collectively with employers
* right to take industrial action
* no forced labour
* no discrimination
AUSIRAQ is NOT controlled by a political party. Anyone who supports our aims is welcome to join us and/or support our work.
We will distribute funds raised in Australia to all Iraqi trade unions in which the leaders are freely elected by members, regardless of the political affiliation of the union leaders (in the same way that US Labor Against the War does).
We will transfer funds through channels approved by Australian trade unions.
Sydney AusIraq meetings
First Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm. Level 3, Gaelic Club, Devonshire Street SURRY HILLS (near Central)
Current project: gain unionist endorsements for the draft charter.
For information call Lynn 0439 640 118.