Statement by The President of the Oil Unions Federation in Iraq
Mr Hasan Jum’a Awwad, president of Oil Unions Federation in Iraq has written a letter (in Arabic) to the Iraqi Prime Minister, and to several leaders of Oil Unions in the world. The letter demanded immediate removal of the Iraqi Government’s ban on Iraqi oil workers’ rights to form their trade unions, which was originally passed by the former Iraqi regime, by its decisions no. 150 and 151 in 1987. The continuation of these oppressive decisions is a flagrant breach of the present Iraqi Constitution, and of the human rights enjoyed by great majority of oil workers in the world. The Iraqi oil workers had a glorious tradition of democratic struggle to defend their rights, and will continue their militant action to regain their rightful democratic gains.