US soldiers raid Iraqi trade union HQ

WE HAVE just received an urgent appeal from the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions which we feel needs to be passed on to the largest possible number of trade unionists in the next several days.

On Saturday, dozens of US troops in ten armoured cars raided the IFTU temporary headquarters in Baghdad, smashing windows, seizing documents, and even tearing down posters and banners condemning terrorism. Eight IFTU leaders were arrested, but were released the following day, unharmed.

No reason or explanation was given for the raid.

In the next issue of the HEU Guardian set for January, we’ll have a feature on the plight of Iraqi workers under the U.S.-led occupation.

The IFTU is calling on President Bush to conduct a full investigation of the raid and to ensure that it will not be repeated. The United States must respect the right of workers under international law to have free and independent trade unions.

Please visit this page and send on your protest to the White House today: http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/solidarityforever/show_campaign.cgi?c=22

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