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Hadi Saleh

Hadi Saleh – ten years on

10 Jan 2015, By Guest

Today is the tenth anniversary of martyrdom of Hadi Saleh, international officer of the Iraqi trade union movement and my close friend. The union centre he represented, now known as the GFITU, is holding a memorial event today in central Baghdad to remember Hadi as trade union leader, as a peace and democracy campaigner and…

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Iraqi union demo

Iraqi unions build protest on jobs, wages and union rights

08 Jan 2015, By Guest

2015 began with a fresh new wave of industrial action across Iraq (apart from Iraqi Kurdistan) organised by the national trade union centre, the GFITU. The action centred on several demands, including the immediate repayment of delayed salaries; rehabilitating and restructuring the Ministry of Industry’s 60 national plants (companies) and encouraging state departments and institutions to buy…

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Unions condemn the Charlie Hebdo killings

07 Jan 2015, By

As crowds gathered in cities across France and beyond today, standing in solidarity with those attacked at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, journalists’ unions expressed their shock and condemnation of the killings and the killers. This was not just essential human solidarity, of course. Those killed – not just the journalists and cartoonists, but…

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Iraqi workers

Iraqi unions are still demanding better

05 Jan 2015, By Guest

Despite the impact of the ISIS insurgency, workers across Iraq staged several industrial actions from the end of October, through November and into the first part of December, and returned to the streets on 30 December. The GFITU and the national technical sector of the Iraqi teachers union held separate industrial action in Baghdad demanding…

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Fast-food workers scent justice in fight with franchises

30 Dec 2014, By Guest

In a ruling that has given US unions a significant boost, the US National Labor Relations Board has ruled that McDonald’s (and other fast food outlets) are a “joint employer” of workers at its franchise restaurants. An investigation found that McDonald’s, through its franchise arrangements “engages in sufficient control over its franchisees operations, beyond protection…

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