From the TUC

Union members pay the cost of ISIS conquest of Ramadi

25 May 2015, By

When ISIS takes over a city like Ramadi, near Baghdad in Iraq, the news bulletins are full of discussion about the future of Iraq, who’s to blame for the ISIS advance, how to reverse it and the horror facing the Sunni inhabitants, . We often forget that the human cost includes trade union members and activists, who have been targeted wherever ISIS takes over. Trade unionists are among the first to be targeted because they are secular, democratic and answer to a different authority – workers’ solidarity – to that promoted by ISIS.

Tonight we’ve heard from the Iraqi trade union movement that seven members of gas and oil unions in Ramadi have been executed by ISIS. We have sent our condolences, sympathy and solidarity to their unions, their colleagues and families.

Our dead colleagues are:

  • Salih Salman, president of the oil union in al- Nabar province
  • Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed, head of the union committee at the gas factory in Ramadi
  • Nafih Yahor Hussein, union member
  • Monier Farhan Mohammed, union member
  • Mustafa Naji Abdullah, union member
  • Hamid Jihad Mohammed, union member
  • Moufagh Yahor al-Dilimi, member

It’s always important to remember that, whatever trade unionists face in countries like ours, in other parts of the world they pay for their activism with their lives. An injury to one is an injury to all.