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The TUC has relationships with all the Iraqi and Kurdish trade union centres, three of which unified in 2005 to form a new General Federation of Iraqi Workers, there are two workers federations in Iraqi Kurdistan which are also planning a merger

Apart from the massive economic and social devastation resulting from the war and the consequent lack of decent employment and basic services, Iraqi unions are under attack from the current Iraqi Government, which recently issued a decree taking state control of all union assets and finances. The TUC supports workers’ efforts to rebuild free trade unionism in Iraq with ILO-compliant labour laws.

In Britain, practical support for the Iraqi trade unions is channelled largely through the TUC's Iraq Solidarity Committee and the TUC’s Aid for Iraq Appeal raises funds to support Iraqi trade unionists in practical ways.

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has written to the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond MP demanding more action to help the defenders of Kobane and the refugees displaced by ISIL, and, in the longer term, calling for a more inclusive Iraqi government, based on human and trade union rights. She has...
05 November 2014
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has urged the Iraqi government to desist from persecuting and harassing trade unionists in the oil industry. Union leaders from the sector globally – IndustriALL - and UNITE in the UK have also called for the case against Hassan Juma'a Awad, leader of the Iraqi...
25 March 2013
Thugs from the Sadrist movement stormed the offices of the General Federation of Iraqi Workers in Baghdad last week, assaulting union members and damaging property. TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber wrote to the Iraqi Charges D'Affaires Dr Muhieddin Hussein Abdullah protesting against this latest attack on trade unions.
18 July 2012
The Iraqi government has stepped up its harassment of trade unionists in the oil sector. Sign the labour start petition calling on the Iraqi government to end these attacks.
22 June 2012
The Iraqi Minister for Education has placed a ban on two leaders of the Iraqi Teacher's Union from coming to the UK next week to attend the NASUWT's annual conference. TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber has written to the Iraqi Charge D'Affaires in the UK calling on his government to...
26 March 2012
One year after the Egyptian revolution toppled Mubarak, Diana Holland, Unite Assistant General Secretary addressed Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa “demonstration for a human rights revolution” in Trafalgar Square, on 11 February 2012.
24 February 2012
The TUC is supporting a Labour Start appeal to defend the President of the Kirkuk Oil and Gas Workers Union, Jamal Abdul-Jabbar who has been forcibly relocated by his employers. International union protests have prevented this sort of management harassment before.
30 May 2011
Iraq's union federation, the GFIW, have been facing a crackdown from their government, with unions derecognised and a heavily partisan committee appointed to take control of union elections and assets.
10 May 2011
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber has today (Monday) written to Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Maliki calling on him to repeal the sudden withdrawal of union recognition rights from the General Federation of Iraqi Workers (GFIW).
09 May 2011
The TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber has written, again, to His Excellency Mr Abdulmuhaimen Al-Oreibi, Charge d'Affaires at the Iraqi Embassy to voice the TUC's outrage about their repressive practices and call for their immediate release.
20 April 2011

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