Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Solidarity with Iraqi workers

From Worker's Liberty - For international working class solidarity and socialism -
Iraq has a growing new labour movement — independent trade unions, unemployed movements, women’s organisations, and working-class political parties.

In oilfields, oil refineries, the railways, factories, and elsewhere, workers have organised trade unions and sometimes won victories by removing Ba’thist managers or improving wages.

Different strands in the Iraqi labour movement have sharp political differences between themselves. But all the main groups agree on two points:

That Iraq must gain democratic self-rule, free of US/UK military occupation;

And that the various “resistance” militias are not a national liberation movement. They are reactionary groups, offering only an ugly future of communal division and conflict within Iraq, and clerical dictatorship.

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