IRAQ: Saddam era anti-union laws still going strong

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IRAQ: Saddam era anti-union laws still going strong

IRAQI trade unionists are still suffering from Saddam era anti trade union laws, it has been revealed.

Speaking about the issue, ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said:

“For 25 years, the vast majority of Iraqi workers have been deprived of the fundamental right to freedom of association. After repeated promises over the years to amend the trade union law, the Iraqi parliament finally appears poised to do so. However, most recent drafts reflect a failure of political will to address the major flaws of the Hussein-era legislation, including to extend the legal right to freedom of association to the vast public sector. This is unacceptable. We urge the parliament not to squander this opportunity to at last bring its laws into line with international standards.”

Oil workers in Basra have said they are ready to stage a fresh round of demonstrations to protest at unpaid bonuses and at the Oil Ministry’s continued alleged persecution of labour and trade union organisers.

The Global Union IndustriALL, in cooperation with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), is launching an online petition to the Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament and the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Labour and Social Affairs.

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