Worker Rights and Freedom of Association
Iraqi workers face threats, fines, demotions, travel restrictions, and arrest as they work to organize trade unions. The government frequently interferes in internal union affairs. Suppression of workers’ rights has been most severe in the oil sector. Lack of a just labour law, consistent with internationally recognized workers’ rights, is the most important obstacle the Iraqi labour movement faces. Iraq’s current labour law, which dates back to Saddam’s era, classifies most Iraqi workers as civil servants and prohibits them from forming unions. ICSSI partners have pledged to work to pressure the Iraqi parliament to pass a new labour law with the modifications to the draft law that were previously agreed upon by Iraqi labour leaders. We call on labour movements outside Iraq to organize broad international support for our efforts to win this new labour law.