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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.