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Iraq: A trade union campaign to legislate the workers ' trade union organization act

2019-08-25

The General Federation of Iraq Trade Unions has assured that the draft law on the union organization of workers and employees has not changed for a long time and that it has not yet been deposited with Parliament for approval. In a statement, the Federation expressed concern that the text is being held hostage by political conflicts.

In this context, the General Federation of Trade Unions of Iraq announced the organization of protest rallies and called on the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Arab and international organizations to put pressure on the Government and parliament to pass the bill for approval.

The current legislation, inherited from Saddam Hussein’s regime, rules out the existence of labor unions carrying out free and independent labour union activity. It prohibits independent organizing and collective bargaining in both public and private sectors.