In the more than ten years since the fall of the Saddam regime, the Iraqi people have been disappointed, to say the least, with the promises of democracy, peace and prosperity.
The country’s trade unions, reborn as independent organizations after the American-led invasion, continue to suffer under the repressive laws passed by the Saddam dictatorship.
That's incredible, but true. Saddam's laws banning most union activity remain in force.
The IndustriALL Global Union and the International Trade Union Confederation have launched an online campaign demanding change — please take a moment to lend your support:
It’s not all bad news, though. Oil union leader Hassan Juma’a has just had charges against him thrown out of court earlier this month. Read one account of this important victory here.
To learn more about the Iraqi labour movement, there’s no better place to start than the wonderful book “Hadi Never Died: Hadi Saleh and the Iraqi Trade Unions” which was published by the British Trades Union Congress.
This beautifully illustrated paperback is still available from LabourStart for just £10.00 (including postage to anywhere in the world). Order your copy today - click here.
And finally, to stay on top of all the latest labour news from Iraq, make sure to bookmark our Iraqi labour news page.