Stop Iraqi Ministry attack on electricity sector unions
In one of the worst acts of union repression since the fall of Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi police raided and shut down trade unions across the electricity sector on Wednesday.
The Ministerial Order triggering the crack-down prohibits, "all trade union activities at the ministry and its departments and sites" and authorises the police, "to close all trade union offices and bases and to take control of unions' assets properties and documents, furniture and computers."
The Iraqi trade union movement is calling on people everywhere to raise their voices in protest. Please help by:
Signing and distributing the urgent LabourStart appeal.
Writing to the Foreign Secretary William Hague asking him to call on the Iraqi government to withdraw the order, and allow unions to operate freely, underpinned by a fair, just and ILO-compliant labour law.
Issued: 23 July, 2010