The US backed Iraqi government has ordered the arrest of four leaders of the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, including Hassan Jumaa Awad, for “sabotaging the Iraqi economy” by organising a strike.
Please send letters of protest to the Iraqi government. Below is a model letter:
Dear Mr Maliki
[or] Dear Dr Hussein al Sharastani
I am writing to express support for the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions in their right to take industrial action over issues relating to their members’ economic and social welfare.
I am also concerned about the decision to arrest union leaders for deciding to take strike action. I trust that the Union will not be penalised for taking action which is legal according to the Iraqi constiution and a fundamental trade union freedom recognised all over the world.
The Union has repeatedly asked for involvement in the drafting of the Hydrocarbon Law but has been ignored. Iraqi civil society should be involved in the decision making process over the future of the Iraqi economy – this includes trade unions.
I will be monitoring the forthcoming news from the union and would like assurance that union members will not be harmed or punished for their actions.
For the attention of:
Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki
[or] Minister of Oil, Dr Hussein al Sharastani
c/o Embassy of the Republic of Iraq
169 Knightsbridge London SW7 1DW
Phone: (020) 7581 2264 or (020) 7602 8456
Fax: (020) 7589 3356
For more on the strike and updates go to » www.handsoffiraqioil.org