Many were trained in the propaganda-era and are not used to challenging authority. Photo Contest Categories. By late January 2004 engineers from the 1st Armored Division were midway through an $800 million project to build half a dozen camps for the incoming 1st Cavalry Division. Diario Oficial de la Unión Europea, 11 de Marzo de 2004. Iraq War, also called Second Persian Gulf War, (2003–11), conflict in Iraq that consisted of two phases. The elections present the beginnings of real possibilities for change with, in relation to the foreign troops, Iraq and its Parliament defining what they want. Forgotten account? Given this the speakers were asked what they thought about the IFTU? Progress has since been made with ICFTU and ITF offices opening up in Amman. The battery spent two weeks at Camp Udari, Kuwait drawing equipment, downloading home-station vehicles and preparing for the convoy into Iraq. One needs to go to Iraq to actually see what is happening. There is a ‘hidden militia’, i.e. Various experts briefed the participants on the main international mechanisms to enforce international labour standards. an understanding that it is workers’ responsibility, rather than government’s, to organise workers; Jim Catterson, International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions (ICEM). It was said that it was difficult to engage with parts of the Iraqi trade union movement simply because of the lack of infrastructure in the ground. Check point 2/FOB Union 3 - Baghdad on the map. Participants discussed obstacles at different levels and ways to implement recommended practices. But the tall concrete walls and barbed wire that have closed off the Green Zone for years are finally coming down. One can provide different types of support, such as money so they can buy equipment, ICT parts which are cheaper there or in the form of education and training. Popcorn was free, and Sunday was double-feature day. 13 Courses can be delivered in several ways. FÚTBOL MUNDIAL SUB-20. Entre otros asuntos critica el uso excesivo de la fuerza contra los manifestantes y reitera su firme apoyo a la unidad, la soberanía y la integridad territorial de Irak apostando por el diálogo como el camino a seguir. In the afternoon workshops you will find out what trade unionists from Britain and around the world are doing, and then discuss among yourselves what more you can do. Check point 2/FOB Union 3 is located in Baghdad. The area was garnished with world-class date producing palms, various fruit and other exotic trees. They feel that it was vital to provide support in the form of equipment and they have already sent £4000 worth of fire-fighters’ kits and are organising another container for Kurdistan. This training round served as a pilot workshop - and through a participatory approach, the Iraqis themselves identified the issues of most concern to them, and ways to overcome them. At military press conferences, journalists who are not sympathetic to authorities have been accused of ‘encouraging violence’. The conference area and outside courtyard were reported to be nice. FOB Blackhawk was located within the International Zone in downtown Baghdad. 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. Donations. For many of the Iraqi participants, this was their introduction to the functions of the ILO and indeed to the draft Iraqi labour code. Get the forecast for today, tonight & tomorrow's weather for Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq. Community See all. Amaya Fernandez was asked to provide more information on the ICFTU’s work in the region and what problems they were facing. All vehicles, equipment and soldiers arrived safely at Camp Wolfpack, now called Camp Steel Dragon, on 29 March 2004. Business service in Stockholm, Sweden. British colleagues were invited to visit schools and institutions in Iraq to see how reconstruction was progressing. The tradition of TUC training, of delivery direct to workplace reps near to their home is obviously difficult for security reasons (and logistics, and in terms of presentation), so it would be fair more sensible to pull potential trainers into Amman, Kuwait City or Erbil for example, and provide them with trainer training so that they can then deliver the training themselves. The UK Government is a key donor to the UN Mine Action Service’s demining efforts in Iraq, having provided £15.7million since 2018. We fully believe that the development of trade unionism in Iraq will contribute to the reconstruction of a stable and democratic society. there were no GUF representatives on the ground in the Arab world. The main challenge for ICEM in Iraq was the difficulty posed by the security situation, which prevents international trade unionists being able to enter the country and to be able to assess the situation for themselves. 06-01-2020 17:30:02 ZULU. In principle, we would like to implement all activities in Iraq provided that the present situation becomes stabilised. Trade union structures should be removed from political structures. buildings for meetings/conferences and organisation - these can be rented, built or bought - repairs in particular are needed in many places; office furniture - desks, chairs, filing cabinets, photocopiers or other reproduction technology - and disposables such as paper, pens and so on; transport facilities, not just for foreign travel, but or movement around the country, transport of materials and so on. EU Member States have committed themselves to a Common Foreign Security Policy for the European Union. 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. As Operation Iraqi freedom progressed through its seventh month, the U.S. Army worked toward improving living conditions for the troops in Iraq. 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. The union had 23,000 members and co-ordinated across Iraq. The precise boundries of the "Green Zone" were difficult to determine, and indeed may change with time. Everyone here is interested in assisting Iraqi unions but there are many in the labour movement who don’t even know that there are trade unions in Iraq. Eight Iraqi trade unionists addressed the conference and led the first three workshops; they described the current situation in Iraq and called for solidarity and support from British trade unions to rebuild the Iraqi trade union movement. Because we have managed to assemble so many trade unionists from Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan, it would take too long to hear from them all in plenary, so we have arranged a series of workshops before lunch. 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. I am also particularly glad that so many of our colleagues from Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan have been able to attend, as that is very important to us - they are the reason we are meeting here today, and they are truly welcome. In reply, it was said that it was ultimately Iraqis who must choose - the TUC could choose to deal with only one union if it wished, but it should be aware that there are more. The main question facing all Iraqi unions is whether they are for or against privatisation. This can receive funds through cheques, bank transfers, credit card and cash. Loading EEAS Articles... Press . document.cookie = "__adblocker=" + (adblocker ? The burning issue was to help the Iraqi trade union movement to organise and that whatever federation ultimately 'triumphed' was a matter for Iraqi workers. Iraq like all civilised societies believes in pluralism, but it also needs some restrictions to prevent the return of the Ba’athists. The Federation formed openly and was able to operate without interference. There were also difficulties for Iraqis leaving the country. And change in Iraq can lead to change in the whole of the Middle East. Thanks to Salema Gulbahar for her work on this report, and to all those who made the conference happen - in particular our brave Iraqi colleagues. 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. Clan War Past Wars. It is also possible for the TUC and unions to solicit donations from donor bodies such as government and charities. After having assessed the situation faced by Iraqi workers and trade unionists, the ICFTU has firmly committed to: The ICFTU is currently running an awareness raising campaign among Iraqi workers about international core labour rights, namely those embodied in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at work. Responsible for providing technical and operational support for managing, monitoring and maintaining situational awareness of networks. There can be no free and independent trade unions without free and independent media and there is no guarantee of this - 'one person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter.'. An outline of the development of the trade union movement in Iraq from 1929 was given. There is however a danger that lots of separate approaches would be made to Iraqi unions. US officials are rarely visible outside it, and rules for British personnel bar them from leaving it unless accompanied by four bodyguards and an armored vehicle. 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 TUC’s major affiliates - could attend today. Take a look at our wide range of resources. But it was decided that a plurality of trade unions in the present political situation would preserve independence from government; we decided that working by sectors, independent of the hierarchy of the various federations, would actually enhance cohesion; and. After 165 days in Camp Steel Dragon the Warriors had accomplished more than 561 Platoon Security Escort Missions encompassing more than 142,296 miles of driving throughout Baghdad and other locations within Iraq! Companies, when criticised, can hire militias to target media personnel. Union Bank of Iraq is a private joint stock company. A full service laundry operation was also in the works. Iraq has mass unemployment and there have been organised demonstrations against civil government. Both the US and UK are responsible for the occupation - trade unionists in the UK have not forgiven them, both are ‘privatising governments’. Soldiers had a free laundry service on the FOB as well as several telephones available for as low as 10 cents a minute. 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. 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. Explore Nathan.Andrew.Bailey's photos on Flickr. a Governing Council built on ethnic, national, religious divisions; conflicts between the militias and absence of security; intervention by the current administration and exclusion of some workers’ organisations; influence of political groups (eg the Kurdish Nationalist Party) and imposition of unions on workers at oil processing companies; unemployed workers obliged to accept any conditions imposed including membership of a specified political group. We welcome the initiative taken by the TUC to organise an Iraq Solidarity Committee and we are pleased to participate as observers. It was said that the IFTU was formed by three political parties including the Communist Party, the Pan-Arabic party and the Government. Todas las noticias sobre Irak -Argentina en LA NACION - Noticias actualizadas las 24hs. In 2019, EU humanitarian aid was channelled to over 400,000 people, most of them women and children. And let’s not forget that many Iraqis still fight what they consider to be the continued occupation of their country, and the concomitant impediment to security, prosperity and progress. Our three -day move north to Baghdad, Iraq was very successful. In particular, links between women trade unionists have been stressed. We must endeavour to build the capacity of unions in Iraq so workers are not left on the sidelines, watching passively as new elites restructure the national economy in line with fashionable neo-liberal trends, which threaten regulation, participation and equality. SAIC has a contingent opportunities for Senior Network Admin/Site Leads to support an Army customer in Iraq. Additionally, the battery has recently had a change of mission. There was a need to avoid duplication - for example, setting up a network of union activists to meet regularly (and email) to exchange ideas, raise awareness and let others know what we are doing. fax machines, computers. The public is not used to so much choice and are not sure what to trust. Although they were initially looking at providing ICT support, they hit upon a number of practical problems such as the need for Arabic keyboards (not common in the UK). CU PULL OUT TO GV Demonstrators in front of embassy. There was a change of leadership after discovery of financial corruption and of government involvement in the selection of new committee members. 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. The territorial claims symbolized by each were replaced by the fluttering of just one: The Iraqi state’s. In January 2006, the Iraqi army took over control of FOB Honor from U.S. forces in another transfer of authority of U.S. bases to Iraqi control. In the Iran–Iraq War, Soviet Union accounted for 32% of the arms imports of Iraq, the greatest for any country. But there is a fine line between freedom and responsibility. foreign occupation as the main cause of the present unstable situation and a resulting increased rate of unemployment: 60-70%, due to energy cuts, factory closures, privatisation, lack of investment, and cheap imports; the adoption of a new Iraqi labour code in accordance with international labour standards and with the full participation of trade unions in the drafting process; gender discrimination: Iraqi women demand more opportunities to work and more active participation in trade unions; and. The Green Zone was defended with coils of razor wire, chain-link fences, earthen berms and armed checkpoints. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has now visited both Basra and Kurdistan three times. there will shortly be 28 TV channels operating inside Iraq but Iraq doesn’t have the number of trained people available to support this level of activity - therefore there was a vocational training need. 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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. Other suggestions included a big union fundraising event like the Rise festival, placing information in union journals about people in similar jobs, and making links between anti-privatisation campaigns here and in Iraq. Contrary to popular belief, the International Zone was lush and tropical with very little humidity. The newly repaired bridge will alleviate traffic build-up and allow drivers a direct route across the Tigris River. They stressed their confidence in the IFTU as a genuine organisation and are happy to provide direct support to them through their UK representative in the form of tickets, phones, office space etc. Training so far has mostly been for leaders, and whilst that is useful in itself (and for serving other purposes like relationship-building), there is a need to get the training further down the structure. (2 SHOTS) 1.39 6. EU imports from Iraq were worth €13,1 billion in 2017. To strengthen the EU's external ability to act through the development of civilian and military capabilities in conflict prevention and crisis response. However, in Iraq, we should keep in mind that we are dealing with a situation that has been described as ‘tough and lethal’. There are divergent views among the Iraqi trade unionists themselves, does there not need to be more dialogue between the unions? A primary committee was formed on 1 May 2003 with 2 branches in Baghdad. Civil servants were banned from joining a trade union. 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. 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. a conference and workshops on human rights, organised by the Ministry of Culture. 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