Pre-occupation there was only one newspaper - Baathist propaganda - but now there are approximately 115 newspapers. As Operation Iraqi freedom progressed through its seventh month, the U.S. Army worked toward improving living conditions for the troops in Iraq. EXTRACTO GRATUITO. FÚTBOL MUNDIAL SUB-20. The state-of-the-art hall was in the same Green Zone as the Republican Palace. It was amazing how the contractors were able to get this building rolling and ready for the soldiers. Iraqi and Kurdish workers need those rights and protections too. delegates requested our support to pressure the government to implement international labour standards, to provide financial assistance and to share expertise through further training and seminars. Unions at the conference will be urged to raise money for the TUC Aid for Iraq Appeal, and provide practical assistance in the form of training, material support and security. Whether it's standing watch in a tower, manning a gate at the forward operating base, or being part of Dragoon's quick response force, the troopers of the air defense artillery have been there. In response it was said that all elements of the former regime had been removed, and the different national centres were required because of the complex politics and over 200 political parties. The union had shed its Baathist association post-Saddam. Members. Soldiers had a free laundry service on the FOB as well as several telephones available for as low as 10 cents a minute. It was not the biggest retail outlet in Baghdad, but by September 2003 soldiers wearing every unit patch in the city had shopped at Camp Dragoon's CavMart. Based on the views expressed by the Iraqi trade unionists at the conference (and in the many other for a where their views have been heard) and the responses of the British trade unionists present, the TUC Iraq Solidarity Committee is drawing up an ambitious work programme for the next eighteen months (a rough draft was circulated to conference participants and is reproduced at the end of this report). But then there was a series of coups and counter-coups which led to Saddams totalitarian state and his controlled yellow unions. Maybe this would be better not TUC-led, for greater flexibility. Iraq and European Union Energy Cooperation: A New Important Milestone In June, 2013 Iraq and the European Union-EU signed financial agreement pertaining to establishing the Iraq-EU Energy Centre in Iraq. : USWiCom Availability: USWiCom is pleased to offer Internet service at Union III. They were exiled in 3 waves, firstly during the Baathification of Iraq, later during Iran-Iraq War and finally during the UN Sanctions. literature - there is a need for training literature and reference works for activists an officials, and leaflets, recruitment material, bulletins and so on for members - obviously this needs to be in Arabic or other languages than English. They represent the true spirit of Iraq - urban, prosperous and tolerant. They will be asking for financial support, training for union representatives and leaders, and advice on recruitment, tackling unemployment and privatisation. It would be useful to know of any individual union funds. Freedom of association must be encouraged to enable social participation and consultation with trade unions in the reconstruction process. Due to an unexpected change in mission for 3/2 ACS our battalion was forced to take over the escort mission sooner than expected. And thats the task which the TUC Iraq Solidarity Committee which organised the conference now has before it as well. He conveyed special thanks to the Fire Brigades Union for the donations that they made. "They will last longer if we take care of them." expertise and training in organising were important. The first step in this direction should be the adoption of a new Iraqi labour code in full respect with the international labour standards and in consultation with Trade Unions. There is a danger in trying to force everyone into a single trade union structure at this time. He aimed to visit Iraq to observe developments as well as to enjoy the wonderful tourist opportunities! SAIC has a contingent opportunities for Senior Network Admin/Site Leads to support an Army customer in Iraq. After the occupation, [US Administrator of Iraq] Paul Bremer decreed that Saddam's decree 150 was still in force. They wanted British delegations to visit Iraq and Kurdistan to see what was needed. A clear distinction should be drawn between solidarity and actually telling Iraqi unions what do to. script.setAttribute("async", true); Some sociologists conjecture that without unions, workers anger can be particularly open to mobilisation by extremist agendas. Business service. But this step would make security even more difficult for top US officials here. They have maintained a dialogue with the IFTU and will continue to provide them with practical support. By August 2004, great progress had been made improving the quality of life on FOB Trojan Horse. It is still fighting against poverty, unemployment, exclusion, reduced social protection and diminished sovereignty and respect for human rights. Loading EEAS Articles... Press . As usual the soldiers of Bravo Battery were fully prepared, ready, and excited to do so. Check exchange rates, send cash abroad and more. During the Iran-Iraq war, Iraq diversified its arms sales by purchasing arms from France, China, Brazil, South Africa and the United States. Everyone here is interested in assisting Iraqi unions but there are many in the labour movement who dont even know that there are trade unions in Iraq. The first of these was a brief, conventionally fought war in March–April 2003, in which a combined force of troops from the United States and Great Britain (with smaller contingents from several other countries) invaded Iraq and rapidly defeated Iraqi military and paramilitary forces. But they are a new generation, with a different culture. In October 2004, we organised a seminar to examine the draft Iraqi labour code and its conformity to international labour standards. US MRAP on FOB Union III, Baghdad, Iraq during a dust storm. Union fights deportation of NUJ member. } This was a huge success - people who had been expelled from the union or had left through fear began returning: 30,000 teachers have returned to their jobs. Iraq like all civilised societies believes in pluralism, but it also needs some restrictions to prevent the return of the Baathists. Chair: Sue Rogers, General Council and NASUWT, General Council representatives: Andy Gilchrist and Keith Sonnet, Observers - P Kamalam (ICFTU), Mary Senior (STUC). In Baghdad, for example, home to the headquarters of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Division, soldiers enjoy nightly movies in the world-class movie theater Saddam built for his secret police. On 27 September 2003 guerrillas struck at the heart of the US occupation, firing three rockets or grenades at a Baghdad hotel filled with American soldiers and civilians. An Iraq that can avoid the ugly risks of internal religious or ethnic conflicts that are so profoundly damaging to the dreams of ordinary Iraqi people. In principle, we would like to implement all activities in Iraq provided that the present situation becomes stabilised. The US is seeking all out privatisation, so even when troops withdraw, we will be left with economic occupation. there were no structures within the GUFs/ICFTU to articulate a distinctive Arab trade union voice; Arab trade union involvement in the GUFs was very limited; and. In 1992 a regional government was granted to the area. And the three agreements were signed on the Iraqi side by the Minister of Planning, Khaled Battal Al-Najm, while on the European Union's behalf, Martin Hoth signed them. Green Zone. Dec 10 2020. The following are also priorities: The general election was referred to as the scent of democracy and liberty. Several British trade unionists complained that the spread of representation was confusing - because thats one facet of the reality of trade unionism in Iraq. Victory Base Complex (VBC), a cluster of installations surrounding the Baghdad International Airport (BIAP). The core of the Green Zone appears to be Hussein's former presidential complex. inviting Iraqi trade unionists to address union meetings/meet union activists; attending international events at which Iraqi trade unionists are present; developing twinning arrangements (Unison and others have produced guides on this) between union structures at sectoral, regional and local level (and even branches/workplaces in some cases) as well as at national level; visits to Iraq (although in many cases these will be difficult until the security situation improves); and. 'British workers benefit from the rights that trade unions have won and the protection we offer against bad bosses. What unions are doing and what more can we do? As groups will for better schools and hospitals. We call on the Iraqi government to recognise the principle of freedom of association. Without these securities, we increase the risk of something that has been especially clear since September 11, a form of extremism and fundamentalist clashes that knows no borders. Business service in Stockholm, Sweden. The base is used by the coalition forces in Iraq and not just by the United States of America. The 20 Iraqi delegates were divided into working groups by sectors. a continuing need to ensure that neither the union nor individual journalists are interfered with in reporting the news; that because foreign news agencies found it difficult and very expensive to put their own journalists into Iraqi this had led them increasingly to use Iraqi journalists. 0. The TUC held a conference on 14 February 2005 which brought the British trade union movement into direct contact with a wide range of trade unionists from Iraq. Overnight, most of Iraq's workers were not allowed to join even Saddam's own yellow unions. The Iraqi movement also has its history from organising the docks and oil industry after the First World War to the organisation of intellectual forces such as doctors and teachers, to the overthrow of the feudal monarchical system in 1958 by the Free Officers Movement with popular support. Americans were walling themselves in, mentally and emotionally, as well as physically. But this was beginning to break down in the conferences the ITF had held in the region with an increasing weight being given to such industrial matters such as privatisation. The Federation had problems with some articles and these reservations would be put to the ICFTU and ILO. The old regime had gone and with it the corruption. Set up in a former Iraqi Army weapons storeroom, the CavMart boasts shelves stocked with health-care items, personal hygiene supplies, batteries, soft drinks and snacks. Forty years ago, the Iraqi trade union movement had a million members and was the strongest trade union movement in the Middle East until it was smashed by Saddam Hussein. For many of the Iraqi participants, this was their introduction to the functions of the ILO and indeed to the draft Iraqi labour code. 0 check-ins. We have to get this message across and increase action in their support. It was said that in every governorate there was an oil and gas union affiliated to the regional GFITU structure, but it was pointed out that if all claims to membership and structures were true then there would be no need for the days event as Iraq would already be fully unionised! Since the 502d Military Intelligence Company detached from Wolfpack they have been with RHHT and have been continuously conducting collection missions. "The plan was for the camps to last from five to ten years," said Col. Lou Marich, commander of the 1st AD engineers. Ali responded that the union had collapsed with the regime and everything stolen or destroyed. The precise boundries of the "Green Zone" were difficult to determine, and indeed may change with time. It is now apparent that the most important changes can only be bought about by ourselves: the people. Conclusions and future activity: Sue Rogers, Keith Sonnet and Owen Tudor, TUC. Moving on from differences, the speakers were asked whether they thought unity was important, and should all oil workers be in a single union? Diario Oficial de la Unión Europea; 4 de Julio de 2019; Reglamento de Ejecución (UE) 2019/1141 de la Comisión, de 3 de julio de 2019, por el que se modifica el Reglamento (CE) n.o 1210/2003 del Consejo, relativo a determinadas restricciones específicas aplicables a las relaciones económicas y financieras con Irak to report to the TUC Executive Committee periodically and directly to TUC affiliates about its work and the needs of the Iraqi trade union movement. The present government does not have experience of labour relations and there is currently no mechanism or structure to lobby government with. We have been tasked to provide artillery support to Camp Cook in Taji, Iraq. Latest Entries Winners. But clearly there is a need for materials which will help unions to function, such as: 9 It would be very useful to be able to develop a shopping list of all these materials with prices, so that it is easier to solicit donations and sponsorship (people like to know what their solidarity money will buy), develop funding applications and so on. The unions also face the problem of rip-off capitalism being imposed as it was in Russia after the fall of communism. a clearer understanding of the position and needs of workers; delegates agreed to overcome their own internal and organisational divisions and to work together to protect their common rights; some participants proposed to gather all federations into a unique group. The facility has food items such as bread, muffins and pastries prepared and served daily. 51299. TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: 'Trade unions offer ordinary Iraqi and Kurdish workers a voice they are being denied by the situation in their country - the chance to escape from the twin traps of the occupation and the so-called insurgency. The shower trailers, with heated water and air conditioning, were now up and operational as of 27 August. Diario Oficial de la Unión Europea; 11 de Marzo de 2004; RC - B5-0195/2003 - Iraq - Apartado 3, primera parte. The great soldiers of the 502d have rallied together to make it through tough times. There is a lot of co-operation at local level, but not enough at the national or international levels. The union had begun completely anew with voluntary help from members. Report of a conference held on Monday, 14 February 2005 in Congress House. All vehicles, equipment and soldiers arrived safely at Camp Wolfpack, now called Camp Steel Dragon, on 29 March 2004. All news about Iraq At a Glance 2021 Projected Real GDP (% Change) : -12.1 A first international trade union mission*, has returned from a 10-day fact finding mission in Iraq. Amaya underlined the sheer difficulties of operating in an environment where the security situation was so bad. This was the policy of the ICFTU. They were also asked about their attitude towards equality for women. All vehicles, equipment and soldiers arrived safely at Camp Wolfpack, now called Camp Steel Dragon, on 29 March 2004. Create New Account. A concrete example was that while the Americans had not signed up to the ILO Convention on Freedom of Association the British Government had. Global media companies pose major problems because they can and do employ Iraqi media personnel to report for them for far greater pay than local newspapers. An initial background on the trade union movement in Kurdistan and the areas of operation was given. This future project will implement capacity building through training workshops, facilitated by the GUFs. There was also an excellent outdoor bread oven that was used often. VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will make the first visit by a pope to Iraq next March, the Vatican said on Monday, a risky four-day trip that has eluded his Donations/week. This conference is about building practical solidarity with Iraqi and Kurdish trade unions, and by the end of the day, we want you to leave here informed about what is going on in Iraqi trade unionism and in Iraqi workplaces, and enthused with ideas about what you and your union can do. Credit card donations can be made through the TUC website and will attract tax rebates. VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will make the first visit by a pope to Iraq next March, the Vatican said on Monday, a risky four-day trip that has eluded his Our three -day move north to Baghdad, Iraq was very successful. Noone put more miles on our vehicles than the Steel Dragons and Warriors! Video: International Human Rights and Victory Day. Newspapers are obviously very important in any society, but probably more so for Iraq in its current position. At Camp Dragoon, troops seemed to particularly enjoy taking advantage of Saddam's massive personal infrastructure to make life more comfortable. Finally, we plan to hold a national conference at the end of the project to provide a forum for analysis and discussion on current developments, namely privatisation and the implementation of the Iraqi Labour Code. Correspondents and journalists must avoid being targeted and kidnapped. Slowly the area has improved. Broadcast journalists used to also be covered by this union, but they will probably be separate in the future. They needed means of communication between branches and HQ; union officials were unpaid - full time officials were needed. awareness raising and developing contacts; printing articles in union journals urging donations; circulars to union branches, regions and districts etc urging them, where appropriate, to make donations; creating links direct to the appeal on the TUC website (artwork is available for this); allocating union income from things such as commissions on insurance and so on to the TUC Aid for Iraq appeal; specific fund-raising events at national level (especially piggy-backing onto existing events); and. The conference area and outside courtyard were reported to be nice. We insisted on the involvement of the ILO. there were no GUF representatives on the ground in the Arab world. There was a new DFAC on FOB Trojan. Only one actually hit the hotel and did minimal damage and no one was hurt. The conference looked at the relative lack of influence the GUFs and ICFTU had in the Arab world. British colleagues were invited to visit schools and institutions in Iraq to see how reconstruction was progressing. A bomb attack in central Baghdad on 13 November 2003 prompted the coalition to close the Bridge. Internal political divisions weaken the Iraqi trade unions movement and all trade unions must work together to defend the interests and rights of workers. The pool will contain a whirlpool and be heated. Loading EEAS Press Releases... Twitter . UNISON Deputy General Secretary Keith Sonnet will also speak alongside representatives of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions and the UN workplace organisation, the ILO. See more of Iraqi Businessmen Union on Facebook. We need to be deciding for ourselves how we want the union to develop. 3 In addition, both the IFTU and the FWCUI have established appeals, for a theatre bus and for conferences in Basra and Baghdad respectively. In Focus . Explore Nathan.Andrew.Bailey's photos on Flickr. The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) was trying to get as much information as possible out to its members about the situation in Iraq. The consolidated Dining Facility was up and running at full speed. International Trade Union Mission Returns from Iraq 27/2/2004. Mostrar búsqueda. There was also a real concern that confusion over who to support would lead to nothing being done. Iraq Facilities Introduction Maps Alphabetical Listing References. There were representatives of the Kurdish trade unions, sectoral unions in journalism, oil and teaching, and rival national confederations from Iraq. drawing attention to relevant websites (the IFTU, FWCUI, ICFTU websites have a lot of useful material, and the ICFTU and DfID both distribute electronic bulletins). The TUC Iraq Solidarity Committee has the following membership and terms of reference, Want to hear about our latest news and blogs? All oil workers should join one union otherwise the working class would be weakened. Most of the soldiers now have beds and mattresses. The Green Zone appears under siege, with barriers, high concrete walls and checkpoints. EU imports from Iraq were worth €13,1 billion in 2017. Extremists were feeding on unemployment so it is imperative that employment is seen as a priority. 3. Amaya also referred to a recent seminar/conference in Amman where Iraqi delegates were briefed on the draft of the new Iraqi labour code by ILO officials who were responsible for its production; thereby helping to widen the feedback on the draft code. Take a look at our wide range of resources. whether the call for the immediate withdrawal of troops was consistent with the desire to improve the lot of Iraqis in general and help to support a free and democratic trade union movement in Iraq; and, that worthy as it was to support the trade union movement, several British delegates thought that the more burning needs of the Iraqi people were for the basics of life such as clean water, electricity and medicine. Hence an international conference to consider how international help can best be channelled to all genuine trade unions is required. We are also considering the possibility of conducting further workshops in Iraqi Kurdistan. This bulletin aims to exchange information on trade union actions and social and economic development issues. Trophies. US MRAP on FOB Union III, Baghdad, Iraq during a dust storm. script.setAttribute("onerror", "setNptTechAdblockerCookie(true);"); Nathan.Andrew.Bailey has uploaded 348 photos to Flickr. d.setTime(d.getTime() + 60 * 60 * 24 * 2 * 1000); All soldiers also had ready access to the internet. He was told that it was going to be put to the incoming assembly for ratification. ï»¿ encouraging local activists and organisations to run workplace or branch collections, quiz nights, socials and so on. They opposed the war and thought there were internally based alternatives. This is a very important conference about a very important issue, and I am glad that so many people from so many unions - certainly all the TUCs major affiliates - could attend today. PACIFIC ARCHTECTS AND ENGINEERS(FOB UNION 3 IRAQ) KENYA INSTIUTE OF HIGHWAYS AND BUILDING TECHNOLOGY. ¡Informate Ya! 4000. Each workshop will have at least two Iraqi or Kurdish trade unionists, and we hope you will have the chance to ask them questions and find out a lot more about the situation in Iraq. AFL-CIO - American Federation of Labour-Congress of Industrial Organisations: the US trade union national confederation, FWCUI - Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in Iraq/ UUI - the Union of the Unemployed in Iraq, GFITU - General Federation of Iraqi Trade Unions, GFTU - General Federation of Trade Unions, GUFs - Global Union Federations (sectoral organisations), ICATU - International Confederation of Arab Trade Unions, ICEM - International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers Unions (a GUF), ICFTU - International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, IFBWW - International Federation of Building and Wood Workers (a GUF), IFJ - International Federation of Journalists, ITF - International Transport Workers Federation (a GUF), ITGLWF - International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers Federation (a GUF), NASUWT - National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, PCS - Public and Commercial Services Union, PSI - Public Services International (a GUF), T&G - Transport and General Workers Union, § Ghasib Hassan, President of the Railway and Aviation Union (IFTU - Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions), § Zuhar lal Jazairy, Journalists Union and Editor of Al Mahda newspaper, § Hassan Jumaa al Jawad, President of the Basra Oil Workers Union, § Hangaw Abdulla Khan, Head of the Kurdistan Workers Syndicate and Sdeeq Ramadhan Hassan, Executive Bureau member, § Falah Alwan, Federation of Works Councils and Trade Unions in Iraq, § Jabar Faris, General Federation of Iraqi Trade Unions. Sign up now to get it straight to your inbox. SAIC has a contingent opportunities for Senior Network Admin/Site Leads to support an Army customer in Iraq. 4 As well as direct donations from unions, it is possible to raise funds through individual member donations (especially via the TUC website), branch donations (depending on union rules) and collections at branch meetings, workplaces and union events. Required Trophies. © Trades Union Congress 2021, unless otherwise stated. We have set up Labour Friends of Iraq to help provide solidarity with such groups as they take control over their own lives. The event was organised in close collaboration with four GUFs: the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), the International Federation of Building and Wood Workers (IFBWW), Public Services International (PSI) and the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers Federation (ITGLWF). Iraq imposed more than 100 death penalties in 2019, according to data by Amnesty International, doubling the number of more than 52 executions in 2018. Iraq War, conflict in Iraq (2003–11) that consisted of two phases: a conventionally fought war in March–April 2003, in which a combined force of troops primarily from the United States and Great Britain invaded Iraq and defeated Iraqi military forces, and a second phase consisting of a U.S.-led occupation of Iraq. But the tall concrete walls and barbed wire that have closed off the Green Zone for years are finally coming down. When they leave, it was by armored car with an armed military escort. These positions are contingent upon contract award and will be located at Taji and Union 3. The General Federation of Iraqi Trade Unions (GFITU), The Iraq Kurdish National Union (linked to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan), The Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU), assisting Iraqi workers to build independent and democratic trade unions, influencing the process of reconstruction to ensure the full respect of the 'will of the Iraqi people, the interests of working people, and international labour standards.'. There is also a threat from the US military, if you are seen as anti-Iraqi-journalists. Our service is hardwired throughout most of the base except for some locations in Union Village which means you can use a personal router and connect multiple devices wirelessly if you would like to do so. Mail was arriving regularly and was always a great morale booster. union offices had been destroyed so assistance was needed to rebuild them; equipment for offices was needed e.g. Abstención: 23. We must support them to counter attempts to make them ineffective and marginalised. Back then a million people marched on the May Day march in 1959 out of a population of about 14 million people. The Green Zone was defended with coils of razor wire, chain-link fences, earthen berms and armed checkpoints. Rank. Transfer money from the UK with Western Union international money transfer services. Login | Join. Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, military action carried out in late December 1979 by Soviet troops. The Iraqi trade union movement has an indisputable role to play in ensuring that economic progress benefits the whole of Iraqi society and it is not achieved through detriment to workers. When the bridge was closed, people had to spend an extra twenty minutes to drive around the river. There were also problems of co-coordinating with NGOs, a problem that she thought would get worse once the GUFs /NGOs were able to spend more of their time operating inside Iraq. Hassan Jawad stressed the importance of assistance reaching all - the railway union in Baghdad had received support but not in Basra. This will give us the opportunity to closely follow all initiatives and coordinate common actions. 2 The TUC has established TUC Aid for Iraq, through our charitable arm TUC Aid, and a flyer has been produced which can be ordered as paper copies or as artwork (copies will be circulated). One of the newest projects completed by late October 2003 was a dining facility recently opened at the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment forward operating base, Baghdad. On the other side, most new-wave journalists have very little experience of journalism. NATO Mission Iraq (NMI) is a non-combat training and advisory mission founded on partnership and inclusivity as well as on full respect for Iraq’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. One delegate asked when the new draft labour code might be passed. 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