Iraqi government cracks down on unions

Submitted by martin on 1 May, 2011 - 7:17

The General Federation of Iraqi Workers has called for support from the international labour movement against a crackdown by the Maliki government.

According to the GFIW a ministerial committee has "dismiss[ed] the Executive Bureau of the GFIW [and] authoris[ed] the Ministerial Preparatory Committee (MPC)... to renew and issue memberships to trade unionists".

These measures "pave the way for rigging [the] elections" for union committees now due to be held by ministerial decree.

The GFIW "call[s] upon... Iraqi civil society organisations... the International Confederation of Trade Unions, the ILO... to show solidarity and support".

Although May Day saw a workers' demonstration in Baghdad demanding union rights (above) we understand that other union organisations, including the Federation of Workers' Councils and Unions of Iraq, have faced similar government interference.

Go to to support the international campaign for a democratic labour law in Iraq.

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