Hassan Juma’a Awad is the leader of the workers’ union at the Southern Oil Company that produces most of Iraq’s oil. In February, oil workers struck and demonstrated over management failure to meet their demands, and over management corruption. Now Hassan faces jail because the Iraqi Government continues, ten years after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, to use his laws to repress trade unions.
IndustriALL, the global union that covers the energy industries, has condemned the move and demanded that all the charges be dropped. And the TUC, which has worked with Hassan for many years, has written to the Iraqi Embassy in London demanding that the Iraqi Government abide by International Labour Organisation standards and introduce ILO-compliant labour laws.
You can back a grassroots sign-on letter backed by War on Want, among others, and join the campaign for free trade unions and workers’ rights in Iraq.