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US troops busting unions in Iraq (order authority board mind)
U.S. troops arrest Iraqi union leaders
December 15, 2003
BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. troops from the Coalition Provisional Authority
now running Iraq arrested 10 Iraqi leaders of two labor federations and
removed files from offices of one of them, the federation and a U.S. union
journalist who had traveled to Iraq reported.
Soldiers arriving in 10 humvees arrested eight executive board members
of the Iraqi Federation of Workers Trade Unions on Dec. 6, spokesman
Abdullah Muhsin said. They were released Dec. 7.
And the IFTU offices, in a converted bus station, had their signs
covered with black paint and their files removed, Muhsin added. The troops
gave no reason for their actions, he said.
Troops arrested two leaders of another labor group, the Union of the
Unemployed, on Nov. 23, and released them the next day, said David Bacon, a
member of the Northern California Newspaper Guild who spent several days in
Iraq in mid-November.
"The attackers ransacked and destroyed the IFTU's posses-sions,
tearing down banners and posters condemning acts of terror, tarnishing
the...building's main front with black paint and smashing window glass,
without any reason or explanation," an IFTU statement said. "The IFTU, one
of the most important organizations of civil society, includes within its
ranks sons of working class, the builders of...the democratic future of
Iraq," it pointed out.
IFTU called the arrests and painting "an unjustified terrorizing act
by the occupation forces, which targeted trade unionist cadres and
leaders...well-known for their struggle" against former Iraqi dictator
Saddam Hussein. IFTU leaders went underground or into exile during Hussein's
The Iraqi union called the arrests "a blatant attack on human rights"
and demanded reparations and an apology from the authority. It did not
speculate on why the arrests occurred.
Bacon linked the arrests to the Bush administration's decision to
privatize Iraqi industry, except for oil, and to allow immediate export of
all profits to western firms that take over Iraqi state-owned enterprises.
"U.S. funding in Iraq pays for an overwhelming military presence, and
transformation of the Iraqi economy. Both are intended to make the country
attractive to foreign investors," he said. Iraq has no jobless benefits, and
an unemployment rate estimated at up to 70 percent, Bacon added.
????????: Press Associates News Service Via Workday Minnesota
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by picard guest on 18.12.2003 [22:17]
has a long, sleezy tradition here in the USA. home of the brave and
the land of the free.
Move to cheap labor
by slave labor guest on 18.12.2003 [22:20]
First step for implementing cheap labor environment is to destroy any
organized labor force that has a good living standard in mind for the
people. Second step is to bring in large multinational corporations to offer
slave wages to now unemployed and unorganized human resources. Ah yes,
another step to Freedom for Iraq....
by D Johnston guest on 19.12.2003 [00:01]
what can i say the other 2 ahead of me said it best
new world order
by police state guest on 19.12.2003 [00:44]
http://www.infowars.com http://www.sacredcow.com beep all the bickering. this is a
!-- ??????????????? Anni 19.12.03 16.26 --!
Nice Way to recruit resistance.
by Jihad Joe guest on 19.12.2003 [08:46]
"If ye love wealth better than liberty ... servitude better than ... freedom,
go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsel or your arms ... May your
chains set lightly upon you. May posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."
- Samuel Adams