The following is an archived copy of a message sent to the CASI Analysis List run by Cambridge Solidarity with Iraq.
Views expressed in this archived message are those of the author, not of Cambridge Solidarity with Iraq (CASI).
[Main archive index/search] [List information] [CASI Homepage]
[ This message has been sent to you via the CASI-analysis mailing list ] This is an automated compilation of submissions to email@example.com Articles for inclusion in this daily news mailing should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a full reference to the source of the article. Today's Topics: 1. [Peace&Justice] Iraq's Labor Upsurge Supported By U.S. Unions (IRC Communications) --__--__-- Message: 1 Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2004 14:32:44 -0600 To: email@example.com From: IRC Communications <communications@DELETETHISirc-online.org> Subject: [Peace&Justice] Iraq's Labor Upsurge Supported By U.S. Unions [ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Peace and Justice News from FPIF http://www.fpif.org/ July 28, 2004 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Introducing a new commentary from Foreign Policy In Focus Iraq's Labor Upsurge Wins Support From U.S. Unions By David Bacon Once the U.S. occupation of Iraq began over a year ago, Iraqi workers lost no time in reorganizing their country's labor movement. Labor activity spread from Baghdad to the Kurdish north, with the center of the storm in the south, in the oil and electrical installations around Basra, and the port of Um Qasr. Workers quickly discovered that the occupation authorities had little respect for labor rights, however. Once the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) took power in Baghdad in March of 20003, it began enforcing a 1987 law banning unions in public enterprises, where most Iraqis are employed. On top of this CPA head Paul Bremer added Public Order #1, banning pronouncements that "incite civil disorder, rioting or damage to property." The phrase civil disorder can easily apply to organizing strikes, and leaders of both the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) and Iraq's Union of the Unemployed have been detained a number of times. David Bacon is a reporter and photographer specializing in labor issue and a regular contributor to Foreign Policy In Focus (www.fpif.org) (Ewa Jasciewicz, in Basra for Occupation Watch earlier this year, contributed to this report.) See new FPIF commentary online at: http://www.fpif.org/commentary/2004/0407upsurge.html With printer friendly PDF version at: http://www.fpif.org/pdf/gac/0407upsurge.pdf ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Produced and distributed by FPIF:"A Think Tank Without Walls," a joint program of Interhemispheric Resource Center (IRC) and Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). For more information, visit www.fpif.org. If you would like to add a name to the "What's New At FPIF" specific region or topic list, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org, with "subscribe" and giving your area of interest. To add your name to this list, send a blank email to: email@example.com. To unsubscribe, send a blank email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Interhemispheric Resource Center (IRC) http://www.irc-online.org/ Siri D. Khalsa Communications Coordinator Email: email@example.com End of casi-news Digest _______________________________________ Sent via the CASI-analysis mailing list To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-analysis All postings are archived on CASI's website at http://www.casi.org.uk