Iraqi unions hold protests tomorrow – in Baghdad and London
Whilst headlines have been with Egypt and Libya in recent weeks, Iraqis have also been holding protests in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, demanding further political reforms, more jobs and an end to corruption. Unions have played a key role in these, and their campaign aims to reach a new level tomorrow, with a peaceful mass march planned through Baghdad.
You can read more about tomorrow’s events on the General Federation of Iraqi Workers’ website. Unlike other protests across the region, they aren’t calling for regime change, but for political reforms, especially an improved Labour Law, including release of frozen union assets, and a break from Saddam’s anti-union laws that the current government have kept on the books.
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber has written a message of solidarity to the GFIW:
“On behalf of the TUC, and workers across Britain, I extend our warmest solidarity and best wishes to you for a successful and peaceful national day of action this Friday, 25 February 2010.
As the calls for freedom and respect for human rights sweep across the region, we hope that the Iraqi Government listens to your demands for social justice, basic services and workers’ rights.”
Iraqis in the UK and their supporters are also organizing a demonstration outside the Iraqi Embassy in London, to express solidarity with their fellow Iraqis’ demands. They’re meeting at 4 Elvaston Place, London, SW7 5QH at 1pm to 2pm.