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الإتحاد العام لنقابات عمال العراق General Federation of Iraq Trade Unions Email: g_f_i_w@yahoo.com Website: www.gfiw.org Statement of the General Federation of Iraq Trade Unions (GFITU) on the occasion of International Workers’ Day The General Federation of Iraq Trade Unions (GFITU) Congratulates the Iraqi Working Class on MAY DAY The working class in various parts of the world, and along with it the masses of our Iraqi working class, are celebrating the first of May, International Workers' Day, as a day of solidarity and a symbol of struggle against class and social exploitation and oppression, and of struggle for their legitimate rights and objectives, for democracy, human rights and social justice. The Iraqi working class has grown and become a significant patriotic force, and has been enriched with experiences of more than eight decades of national and class struggle against colonialism, authoritarian rulers and social exploitation and injustice. The struggle of the Iraqi working class, from its inception, clearly demonstrated its strength. This was manifested in the strikes of workers in the electricity sector, railways, ports, oil, mechanical, textile and tobacco industries, and all other productive sectors. It fought for the right to organise trade unions and defended trade union democracy and progressive legislations. It challenged concepts of hegemony, coercive methods and attempts to transform trade unions and labour organisations into a tool in the hands of the ruling authorities. The struggle of the Iraqi working class in the current circumstances has acquired a national and class significance, despite extremely difficult conditions. These include the crimes of terrorist gangs against our people, of all ethnic and religious affiliations, the widespread unemployment and economic stagnation. In addition, there are attempts to impose a policy of privatization on our national productive institutions through deliberate neglect of the “self-financing” companies and refusing to pay the wages of their workers and employees on time. This has led to the employees of the companies of the Ministry of Industry organising mass demonstrations to express their determination to defend their rights and interests and protect the companies from wrong economic policies. These policies lack a clear national vision towards the public sector as a vital productive sector which contributes to the reconstruction of Iraq’s national economy. There is also a lack of public services and tens of thousands of workers are employed with contracts that have no guarantee for their lives and future. A new Labour Law has not been legislated and trade union organization in the public sector is still banned by insisting on keeping the unjust Law No.150 (1987) and Law No.52 (1987) for trade union organisation. In addition, there was government Interference in the affairs of our trade union organsation by conducting sham elections and attempting to impose hegemony and control over it. The Iraqi working class, with its rich experience, realizes that a prosperous democratic Iraq can only be built by the joint efforts of the toilers our people in establishing the foundations of democracy and building an independent democratic trade unionist movement that expresses the workers’ professional, economic and social interests and defends their democratic and trade union rights and freedoms. This requires organising trade unions in the public sector, protecting national industry in the public, mixed and private sectors, and rejecting the privatization of the public sector and public services. It also requires the direct national utillization of our oil wealth, and defending the rights and gains of working women in equality in all political, social, economic and trade union fields. A radical solution is needed, without delay, for the problem of unemployment. The Labour Law and the Social Security Law must be legislated in accordance with international labour standards. Financial and administrative corruption must be combated. The unemployed should be covered by a social protection network, and retired workers should be granted their rights so as to ensure their future. Child labour must be abolished and social protection provided for them. There are other economic, social and security issues which the workers and the Iraqi people as whole are enduring. The General Federation of Iraq Trade Unions (GFITU), while congratulating the Iraqi working class and the toilers of our people on this historic occasion, calls upon them, in their various political, ethnic and religious affiliations, to unite their energies and efforts to build a democratic Iraq that is free of violence and oppression, and to establish the values of tolerance, dialogue and democracy. It calls for intensifying the struggle for the freedom of association and trade union organisation, especially in the public sector, the abolition of unjust decisions that are harmful to labour and workers, and the rejection of control by any party whether domestic or foreign. The GFITU considers that it is essential for our working class to take part in drawing the social, political and economic policies of our country and to actively participate in developmental work. It calls for resolving the unemployment problem as soon as possible, improving working conditions, accelerating the economic cycle, and providing full support for the legitimate demands of the employees of the companies of the Ministry of Industry and all public companies. We declare our condemnation of the criminal terrorist acts that affect our people, and declare our full support for the armed forces, the popular mobilzation force and tribes in their fight against terrorism and to regain control over all Iraqi territory . On the 1st of May, we declare our full solidarity with the people and workers of Palestine in their just struggle to achieve their legitimate demands to establish their independent national state, and our condemnation of the continuing Zionist aggression against the Palestinian people. We condemn the continued Israeli occupation of Arab territories in Syria and Lebanon, and call for its end on the basis of international legitimacy. We extend our warmest congratulations to all the Arab and international working class on this cherished historic occasion. The Iraqi working class will remain at the forefront of the patriotic forces of our people in the struggle for a bright future. The occasion of International Workers’ Day is an incentive for further work and struggle to achieve its legitimate objectives and a free and dignified life. Executive Bureau The General Federation of Iraq Trade Unions (GFITU) 27 April 2015T

Statement of the General Federation of Iraq Trade Unions (GFITU) on the
occasion of International Workers’ Day
The General Federation of Iraq Trade Unions (GFITU)
Congratulates the Iraqi Working Class on MAY DAY
The working class in various parts of the world, and along with it the masses of our Iraqi working class, are celebrating the first of May, International Workers' Day, as a day of solidarity and a symbol of struggle against class and social exploitation and oppression, and of struggle for their legitimate rights and objectives, for democracy, human rights and social justice.
The Iraqi working class has grown and become a significant patriotic force, and has been enriched with experiences of more than eight decades of national and class struggle against colonialism, authoritarian rulers and social exploitation and injustice.
The struggle of the Iraqi working class, from its inception, clearly demonstrated its strength. This was manifested in the strikes of workers in the electricity sector, railways, ports, oil, mechanical, textile and tobacco industries, and all other productive sectors. It fought for the right to organise trade unions and defended trade union democracy and progressive legislations. It challenged concepts of hegemony, coercive methods and attempts to transform trade unions and labour organisations into a tool in the hands of the ruling authorities.
The struggle of the Iraqi working class in the current circumstances has acquired a national and class significance, despite extremely difficult conditions. These include the crimes of terrorist gangs against our people, of all ethnic and religious affiliations, the widespread unemployment and economic stagnation. In addition, there are attempts to impose a policy of privatization on our national productive institutions through deliberate neglect of the “self-financing” companies and refusing to pay the wages of their workers and employees on time. This has led to the employees of the companies of the Ministry of Industry organising mass demonstrations to express their determination to defend their rights and interests and protect the companies from wrong economic policies. These policies lack a clear national vision towards the public sector as a vital productive sector which contributes to the reconstruction of Iraq’s national economy. There is also a lack of public services and tens of thousands of workers are employed with contracts that have no guarantee for their lives and future. A new Labour Law has not been legislated and trade union organization in the public sector is still banned by insisting on keeping the unjust Law No.150 (1987) and Law No.52 (1987) for trade union organisation. In addition, there was government Interference in the affairs of our trade union organsation by conducting sham elections and attempting to impose hegemony and control over it.
The Iraqi working class, with its rich experience, realizes that a prosperous democratic Iraq can only be built by the joint efforts of the toilers our people in establishing the foundations of democracy and building an independent democratic trade unionist
الإتحاد العام لنقابات عمال العراق
General Federation of Iraq Trade Unions
Email: g_f_i_w@yahoo.com Website: www.gfiw.org
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movement that expresses the workers’ professional, economic and social interests and defends their democratic and trade union rights and freedoms. This requires organising trade unions in the public sector, protecting national industry in the public, mixed and private sectors, and rejecting the privatization of the public sector and public services. It also requires the direct national utillization of our oil wealth, and defending the rights and gains of working women in equality in all political, social, economic and trade union fields. A radical solution is needed, without delay, for the problem of unemployment. The Labour Law and the Social Security Law must be legislated in accordance with international labour standards. Financial and administrative corruption must be combated. The unemployed should be covered by a social protection network, and retired workers should be granted their rights so as to ensure their future. Child labour must be abolished and social protection provided for them. There are other economic, social and security issues which the workers and the Iraqi people as whole are enduring.
The General Federation of Iraq Trade Unions (GFITU), while congratulating the Iraqi working class and the toilers of our people on this historic occasion, calls upon them, in their various political, ethnic and religious affiliations, to unite their energies and efforts to build a democratic Iraq that is free of violence and oppression, and to establish the values of tolerance, dialogue and democracy. It calls for intensifying the struggle for the freedom of association and trade union organisation, especially in the public sector, the abolition of unjust decisions that are harmful to labour and workers, and the rejection of control by any party whether domestic or foreign. The GFITU considers that it is essential for our working class to take part in drawing the social, political and economic policies of our country and to actively participate in developmental work. It calls for resolving the unemployment problem as soon as possible, improving working conditions, accelerating the economic cycle, and providing full support for the legitimate demands of the employees of the companies of the Ministry of Industry and all public companies. We declare our condemnation of the criminal terrorist acts that affect our people, and declare our full support for the armed forces, the popular mobilzation force and tribes in their fight against terrorism and to regain control over all Iraqi territory.
On the 1st of May, we declare our full solidarity with the people and workers of Palestine in their just struggle to achieve their legitimate demands to establish their independent national state, and our condemnation of the continuing Zionist aggression against the Palestinian people. We condemn the continued Israeli occupation of Arab territories in Syria and Lebanon, and call for its end on the basis of international legitimacy. We extend our warmest congratulations to all the Arab and international working class on this cherished historic occasion.
The Iraqi working class will remain at the forefront of the patriotic forces of our people in the struggle for a bright future. The occasion of International Workers’ Day is an incentive for further work and struggle to achieve its legitimate objectives and a free and dignified life.
Executive Bureau
The General Federation of Iraq Trade Unions (GFITU)
27 April 2015T
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Item Reviewed: الإتحاد العام لنقابات عمال العراق General Federation of Iraq Trade Unions Email: g_f_i_w@yahoo.com Website: www.gfiw.org Statement of the General Federation of Iraq Trade Unions (GFITU) on the occasion of International Workers’ Day The General Federation of Iraq Trade Unions (GFITU) Congratulates the Iraqi Working Class on MAY DAY The working class in various parts of the world, and along with it the masses of our Iraqi working class, are celebrating the first of May, International Workers' Day, as a day of solidarity and a symbol of struggle against class and social exploitation and oppression, and of struggle for their legitimate rights and objectives, for democracy, human rights and social justice. The Iraqi working class has grown and become a significant patriotic force, and has been enriched with experiences of more than eight decades of national and class struggle against colonialism, authoritarian rulers and social exploitation and injustice. The struggle of the Iraqi working class, from its inception, clearly demonstrated its strength. This was manifested in the strikes of workers in the electricity sector, railways, ports, oil, mechanical, textile and tobacco industries, and all other productive sectors. It fought for the right to organise trade unions and defended trade union democracy and progressive legislations. It challenged concepts of hegemony, coercive methods and attempts to transform trade unions and labour organisations into a tool in the hands of the ruling authorities. The struggle of the Iraqi working class in the current circumstances has acquired a national and class significance, despite extremely difficult conditions. These include the crimes of terrorist gangs against our people, of all ethnic and religious affiliations, the widespread unemployment and economic stagnation. In addition, there are attempts to impose a policy of privatization on our national productive institutions through deliberate neglect of the “self-financing” companies and refusing to pay the wages of their workers and employees on time. This has led to the employees of the companies of the Ministry of Industry organising mass demonstrations to express their determination to defend their rights and interests and protect the companies from wrong economic policies. These policies lack a clear national vision towards the public sector as a vital productive sector which contributes to the reconstruction of Iraq’s national economy. There is also a lack of public services and tens of thousands of workers are employed with contracts that have no guarantee for their lives and future. A new Labour Law has not been legislated and trade union organization in the public sector is still banned by insisting on keeping the unjust Law No.150 (1987) and Law No.52 (1987) for trade union organisation. In addition, there was government Interference in the affairs of our trade union organsation by conducting sham elections and attempting to impose hegemony and control over it. The Iraqi working class, with its rich experience, realizes that a prosperous democratic Iraq can only be built by the joint efforts of the toilers our people in establishing the foundations of democracy and building an independent democratic trade unionist movement that expresses the workers’ professional, economic and social interests and defends their democratic and trade union rights and freedoms. This requires organising trade unions in the public sector, protecting national industry in the public, mixed and private sectors, and rejecting the privatization of the public sector and public services. It also requires the direct national utillization of our oil wealth, and defending the rights and gains of working women in equality in all political, social, economic and trade union fields. A radical solution is needed, without delay, for the problem of unemployment. The Labour Law and the Social Security Law must be legislated in accordance with international labour standards. Financial and administrative corruption must be combated. The unemployed should be covered by a social protection network, and retired workers should be granted their rights so as to ensure their future. Child labour must be abolished and social protection provided for them. There are other economic, social and security issues which the workers and the Iraqi people as whole are enduring. The General Federation of Iraq Trade Unions (GFITU), while congratulating the Iraqi working class and the toilers of our people on this historic occasion, calls upon them, in their various political, ethnic and religious affiliations, to unite their energies and efforts to build a democratic Iraq that is free of violence and oppression, and to establish the values of tolerance, dialogue and democracy. It calls for intensifying the struggle for the freedom of association and trade union organisation, especially in the public sector, the abolition of unjust decisions that are harmful to labour and workers, and the rejection of control by any party whether domestic or foreign. The GFITU considers that it is essential for our working class to take part in drawing the social, political and economic policies of our country and to actively participate in developmental work. It calls for resolving the unemployment problem as soon as possible, improving working conditions, accelerating the economic cycle, and providing full support for the legitimate demands of the employees of the companies of the Ministry of Industry and all public companies. We declare our condemnation of the criminal terrorist acts that affect our people, and declare our full support for the armed forces, the popular mobilzation force and tribes in their fight against terrorism and to regain control over all Iraqi territory . On the 1st of May, we declare our full solidarity with the people and workers of Palestine in their just struggle to achieve their legitimate demands to establish their independent national state, and our condemnation of the continuing Zionist aggression against the Palestinian people. We condemn the continued Israeli occupation of Arab territories in Syria and Lebanon, and call for its end on the basis of international legitimacy. We extend our warmest congratulations to all the Arab and international working class on this cherished historic occasion. The Iraqi working class will remain at the forefront of the patriotic forces of our people in the struggle for a bright future. The occasion of International Workers’ Day is an incentive for further work and struggle to achieve its legitimate objectives and a free and dignified life. Executive Bureau The General Federation of Iraq Trade Unions (GFITU) 27 April 2015T Rating: 5 Reviewed By: admin.gfiw
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