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House Of The Devil? Religious Extremists Bomb Cafes In Basra Because They Employ Women

House Of The Devil? Religious Extremists Bomb Cafes In Basra Because They Employ Women

Niqash – Ammar al-Saleh It was the second bombing of its kind. And after the incident, those clearing the wreckage in the Coffee Time Café in central Basra found a flyer describing the cafes as “the house of the devil” and threatening all those who worked in the cafes with death and other dreadful retribution. The...
The Protection of HRDs and unionists, is The duty of the Iraqi Government

The Protection of HRDs and unionists, is The duty of the Iraqi Government

Update:  A thanking letter from the trade union: On my own and my family. and my colleagues in the General Union for workers in the oil and gas and the Committee of the employees of the South Oil workers and staff of the General Federation of Trade Unions working in Iraq. I would like to...
Working Women’s Rights under the New Labor Law and the Role of Media in Education and Raising Awareness

Working Women’s Rights under the New Labor Law and the Role of Media in Education and Raising Awareness

Baghdad With the participation of women leaders of three labor unions and a numbers of media women and civil activists, and as a part of Shahrazad campaign activities, the Iraqi Women Journalist Forum organized a seminar in cooperation with the Solidarity Center and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) and the Italian Organization “Un...
The First of its Kind in Baghdad: A Traveling Art Festival Celebrating the Workers of Iraq and Expressing Solidarity with their Demands

The First of its Kind in Baghdad: A Traveling Art Festival Celebrating the Workers of Iraq and Expressing Solidarity with their Demands

  By ICSSI – Baghdad, May 2016. Throughout the entire day on Saturday, May 15, young people coordinated by the Iraqi Social Forum carried a banner and moved in a small bus through the different areas of Baghdad. Each time they parked in one of Baghdad’s neighborhoods, they transformed the bus into a kind of...
The Employees of the Oil Sector in Basra Demand for a Professional and Independent Minister, and Criticize the Licensing Rounds

The Employees of the Oil Sector in Basra Demand for a Professional and Independent Minister, and Criticize the Licensing Rounds

Basra – 6 April 2016 The oil sector employees in Basra called on Mr. Haider Al-Abadi, the Iraqi prime minister, to select a professional and independent Minister to be assigned for the ministry of Oil, and the Employees Committee of the South Oil issued a statement in this regard, stating: “The employees of the oil...
Iraqi unions and the opportunity to play a key role in social forums

Iraqi unions and the opportunity to play a key role in social forums

Wesam Chasib Oudah (Iraq Program Manager, Solidarity Center), February 2016. Iraqi unions and the signs of hope The load of challenges that Iraqi unions confronted and still do – such as those in administrative, organizing, legal, economic, social, and security perspectives – is obvious to everyone. But in spite of these challenges, unions were able...
Land Transport Company Management Fires on Employees and Workers Demonstrating for their Rights

Land Transport Company Management Fires on Employees and Workers Demonstrating for their Rights

By ICSSI, Jan 31, 2016. Employees and workers of the General Company for Land Transport demonstrated on January 25 in front of their company headquarters in Baghdad, requesting that their rights be respected, and that company corruption be brought to an end (including the prompt dismissal of all those involved in unethical practices). Following a...
The Employee Commission of the Southern Oil Company: The state of the Southern Oil Company and, more broadly, the entire Oil Sector within Iraq is Deteriorating

The Employee Commission of the Southern Oil Company: The state of the Southern Oil Company and, more broadly, the entire Oil Sector within Iraq is Deteriorating

Basra Wednesday, 23 December 2015 The Employee Commission of the Southern Oil Company held a large demonstration on the morning of 17 December in front of the Office of Financial Supervision in the Al-Ashar area of Basra, protesting the pay stop for workers’ and associates’ earnings, as well as the failure of the financial arm...
Oil Workers Unite and Protest the Decision to Reduce their Salaries

Oil Workers Unite and Protest the Decision to Reduce their Salaries

Abu Watan: ‘You left corrupters to enjoy the spoils of their theft, and struck at us with an iron fist!’ Basrah – Forward Newspaper On Sunday, November 1, hundreds of workers in the Southern Oil Company in Basrah, protested in front of the headquarters of the company in Bab Al-Zubair, rejecting the new salary scale...
Reflections on the Long-Awaited Victory of a Just Iraqi Labor Law

Reflections on the Long-Awaited Victory of a Just Iraqi Labor Law

Interview by ICSSI to Wesam Chaseb Ouda (Solidarity Centre) – Baghdad, August 26, 2015 Why do you think this law was finally passed now? There are many reasons. First of all there were no objections or new comments from any party (from members of the government, workers, or employers) about this law because of the...
ICSSI Congratulates The workers of Iraq on The Historic Victory in Winning Their rights and The Passage of a New Labor Law

ICSSI Congratulates The workers of Iraq on The Historic Victory in Winning Their rights and The Passage of a New Labor Law

Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) – 27 August 2015 The Iraqi Council of Representatives approved at its fourteenth session held on Monday 17 August 2015, in the presence of 271 deputies, a new labor law. This law, long-awaited by the workers, represents a national victory, which comes after decades of struggle by the Iraqi...
Solidarity Center : Iraqi Trade Unions Continue Their Ongoing Struggle for Rights

Solidarity Center : Iraqi Trade Unions Continue Their Ongoing Struggle for Rights

BAGHDAD – May 27, 2015 The international organization, Solidarity Center, has issued a new newsletter entitled ‘Iraqi Trade Unions Bulletin’. The new bulletin includes a summary and review of the conditions of workers, and highlights the increasingly serious challenges faced by public sector workers in light of the sharp deterioration of the Iraqi economy due...