By continuing you accept Avaaz's Privacy Policy which explains how your data can be used and how it is secured.
Got it
We use cookies to analyse how visitors use this website and to help us provide you the best possible experience. View our Cookie Policy.
The world's largest and most effective online campaigning community for change

End Iraq government repression of trade unions

This petition is awaiting approval by the Avaaz Community
End Iraq government repression of trade unions


Why this is important

Despite all the talk about fostering democracy and human rights in Iraq, workers there continue to be denied the right to freely organize trade unions and negotiate over the terms of their labor - just as they were under Saddam Hussein.

In the last two years, repression against unions has escalated. Recently the Ministry of Oil lodged a criminal complaint against Hassan Juma'a Awad, President of the Iraq Federation of Oil Unions, claiming he was responsible for strikes in the oil industry.

If convicted, he could face stiff fines and three years in prison. He has been ordered to appear in court to respond to the charges leveled against him by the Ministry of Oil and management of South Oil Company.

Persecution of union leaders for exercising rights promised by Iraq's constitution and protected under international treaty must not be allowed to stand unchallenged.

Labor organizations across the U.S., including the AFL-CIO, and around the world have responded by signing a letter to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki* demanding that all charges against Hassan Juma'a be immediately withdrawn and that persecution of Iraqi workers peacefully exercising their rights must cease.

No government that denies these basic labor and human rights can claim to be a democracy.

U.S. Labor Against the War asks you to sign this petition supporting the rights of Iraq's workers and in solidarity with Hassan Juma'a and other union activists who are being persecuted by the government for exercising their rights.


For more information: Visit the USLAW website at

To receive future announcements and news from USLAW, subscribe at

Posted May 20, 2013
Report this as inappropriate
Click To Copy: