Iraqi Trade Unions Demand New Labour Law

A number of Iraqi trade unions and NGOs called for a new labor law, lifting restrictions on the freedoms of assembly and association, more job opportunities and social security for the unemployed, according to a report from Aswat al-Iraq.

“The trade unions and activities of civil society organizations in Iraq stress their demands compatible with the democratic transition taking place in Iraq,” said a statement issued by several trade unions and NGOs on International Labor Day.

They also called for removing all obstacles impeding the freedoms of assembly and expression and abrogating all previous laws and arbitrary measures practiced by the previous regime.

The statement rejected all types of interventions and discrimination among trade unions according to governmental agendas.

"There will be no legitimacy for any law concerning the workers without the participation of the trade unions in studying and approving them", the statement added.

In a statement, Premier Nouri al-Maliki congratulated the Iraqi workers, urging Iraqis to work hard re-build the nation so that it may take its position among world countries.

(Source: Aswat al-Iraq)

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