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(en) Italy: Alternativa Libertaria 16-30 Nov.04 - Syndicalists in Iraq - Syndicalists in Italy (it)

From Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici <internazionale@fdca.it>
Date Fri, 3 Dec 2004 09:44:11 +0100 (CET)


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Dear friends, Dear freedom-loving labour activists,
The Federation of Workers' Councils and Unions in Iraq (FWCUI) has decided to
hold a conference for workers of the southern parts of Iraq in Basra on
November 25th, 2004. More than 25 trade unions and labour organizations from
various sectors such as Southern Oil Company Trade Union, Power Distribution
Company, River Transportation, harbour workers, construction workers, Gas
Company workers and many others... will participate in this conference. The
goal behind the conference is to organize and unite the workers of the southern
region of Iraq which include Basra, Imara, Nassiriya, Najaf, and Samawa) and to
unite their struggle. This conference is held also to form a united leadership
for workers in southern parts of Iraq. The conference will discuss the
following issues:

1. A draft for labour law put forward on the basis of current international
standards.

2. Methods by which workers can intervene in the political situations in Iraq
and how to put an end to the current instability, insecurity and how to
establish a secular and non-ethnocentric government, where the rights of all
residents of Iraq are protected and they are treated equally regardless of
their gender, religion, nationality, and ethnicity and in compliance with the
Geneva convection on human rights.

3. Other miscellaneous issues in regard to workers’ situations in Iraq.

4. The final part will be on discussing and endorsing a number of resolutions
crucial for the working-class struggle in Iraq and also on elections to form a
united leadership to lead the struggle of workers in the days ahead.

This conference will take two days and will cost approximately $15,000. These
expenses will be to ensure accommodation, transportation, and to provide
security and thwart any terrorist attacks which might target the conference.
The FWCUI is, as everyone may know, an independent union with no support from
any government. It relies totally on its membership fees to run its numerous
activities. It is worth mentioning that the interim Iraqi government backed by
the American troops has adopted the notorious resolution No.16 which violates
both ILO Articles 98 and 87 in regard to freedom of workers to establish trade
unions and has imposed a yellow trade union on workers as the only legal and
official representative of the labour movement in Iraq without any elections.
This union is a pro-government union and therefore receives a huge amount of
financial support without any accountability or legal representation for the
workers. We have protested this oppressive step and have filed a complaint with
the ILO and many other trade unions and labour organizations around the world.

Therefore, your moral and financial support is the only way to make this
conference succeed, which will be a step forward for the entire Iraqi society
and it will probably eventually be able to save it from ethnic and religious
wars which are now claiming the lives of tens of innocent civilians on a daily
basis. This conference will also be a step to reintegrate the struggle of
workers in Iraq in the struggle of their colleagues around the world after an
unwanted discontinuation of more than 35 years.

We call on all individuals and organizations worldwide to participate in this
conference as observers and we will guarantee your safety, security, and
transportation. We will also arrange meetings for you with the workers and
their leaders in Basra, Baghdad, Nasyiriya, Kirkuk, and other Iraqi cities.

Aso Jabbar, Representative Abroad of the Federation of Workers Councils and
Unions in Iraq-FWCUI and on behalf of Falah Alwan, President of FWCUI, October
2nd 2004.


Ed. note: The FWCUI was founded in order to organize Iraqi workers in the union
and in the factories around a secular, progressive programme. It seeks to
defends the rights of all workers, the right to work, the right of unions to
organize and protest and to do away with alla forms of discrimination against
female workers in the search for full equality in the workplace between men and
women. These unions and councils have become very popular in Iraq and make up a
significant part of civilian society which is fighting there for peace and
social justice.

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SYNDICALISTS IN ITALY

And so the management of Trenitalia decided after all not to show up at the
first hearing in the trial which they themselves brought against the train
conductor from Genoa, Fabrizio Acanfora. The trial was brought to establish the
legitimacy of the disciplinary proceedings against the railwayman by the
company (10 days' suspension) for having written a letter to the "Il Secolo
XIX" newspaper in the summer of 2003 in which he expressed his solidarity with
train users who are the victims of continuous bad service and defending the
work and the professionality of train staff.

The management of Trenitalia had previously refused to appear before the Genoa
Labour Office in an attempt to arbitrate, preferring instead to take a legal
route against this worker. So what are we to think of a management which forces
one of its employees to undergo the costs of legal expenses and accomodation
(not to mention forcing him to use his holiday time in order to come to the
court in Rome) and then refuse to turn up? Once again we see the pure arrogance
of the management.

The railway workers, on the other hand, gave yet another splendid display of
solidarity this morning: Fabrizio Acanfora was supported in Rome by a large
number of railway workers from Acqui Terme, Ancona, Bari, Bologna, Florence,
Genoa, Palermo and Rome.

The trial was remanded to a date to be decided.

Railway Workers in Struggle network

The campaign for solidarity with our comrade Fabrizio goes on!

TO ADD YOUR NAME TO THE APPEAL
fabriziounodinoi@fdca.it

The Federation of Syndicates SUD-Rail (France) offers its support to comrade
Fabrizio Acanfora. Even beyond the border the bosses and governments are using
similar methods with similar aims: to keep the workers quiet! The right of
expression is everyone's right. The defence of the public railway system is
everyone's business!

In solidarity,
Christian Mahieux, federal secretary, for the Federation of Syndicates SUD-Rail
(France).

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Alternativa Libertaria - 16-30 November 2004
online news-sheet of the FdCA

Download it in PDF format from:
htp://www.fdca.it/fdcaen


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