Iraqi unions establish links with WFTU
The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) established links with the democratic trade unions of Iraq when the General Secretary of the WFTU A Zharikov and other Secretariat members, visited Baghdad recently. Mufid Jazairi, Chief Editor of the newspaper, Tareeq Al Shaab, published in Baghdad, met the WFTU visitors. He spoke of the continuing instability, disorder and bad living conditions of the population. The recently established Iraqi Governing Council is trying to tackle the situation but the acute problems cannot be resolved until Iraq obtains full sovereignty, which is the main demand of all progressive forces. He said that the UN and its specialised agencies like the ILO needed to provide assistance to this process and urged the NGOs like the WFTU to help in achieving normalisation of the situation. He also spoke of developments regarding trade union activities in the country. The WFTU delegation expressed solidarity with the people and workers of Iraq who are trying to end the occupation and to re-establish the sovereignty of Iraq. The WFTU General Secretary told the Iraqis of the efforts of the WFTU and the international trade union movement to assist the Iraqi democratic trade union movement.