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Young unionists in MENA discuss impacts of Covid-19

12 April, 2021On 31 March, the MENA youth network met online for the first time since November 2019. 34 young leaders from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia and Bahrain shared experiences of the impact of Covid-19 on young workers and union responses.

Middle East and North Africa unions campaign for ratification of ILO C190

8 January, 2021An increase in gender-based violence during the Covid-19 crisis has led unions in the region to mobilize at an unprecedented level to demand that governments ratify ILO Convention 190.

Approaches and responses to Covid-19 in MENA’s energy sector

17 December, 2020The pandemic has brought a sharp drop in oil and gas prices, heavily impacting the oil and gas dependent MENA countries. IndustriALL affiliates in the energy sector met virtually on 30 November to discuss the impact of and approaches and responses to Covid-19, as well as how they tackle the energy transition that is taking place in the region.

Iraq: protest at Basra Gas Company/Shell over non-payment of salaries

20 May, 2020Workers at Basra Gas Company, a joint venture where Shell holds a major stake, launched a protest on 18 May over the company’s failure to pay salaries. Around 5,000 workers seconded from South Gas Company (SGC) to Basra Gas Company (BGC) have yet to receive their salaries.

Iraqi unions: “We want bread, not bullets”

31 October, 2019IndustriALL Global Union joins its Iraqi affiliates in condemning the violence and repression by security forces against people joining demonstrations protesting corruption and unemployment. Millions of Iraqis suffer from poverty, with widespread unemployment, particularly among young people.

Iraqi unions condemn violence against protestors

25 July, 2018Iraqi unions are playing a crucial role in an uprising against corruption and poor services that is sweeping Iraq. On Saturday, unions issued a statement condemning violence against protestors and calling on the government to meet protestors’ demands.

In Iraq, trade unions are helping to rebuild popular power

26 June, 2018The Iraqi labour movement begun in the 1920s in the oil industry and amongst railroad workers. During his time at power, Saddam Hussein suppressed left-wing parties and only permitted weak unions controlled by the government. Under the recent US occupation, authorities kept unions and the left marginalised, while prioritising the privatisation of Iraqi industry.

Iraqi electricity workers win inclusion for 150,000 precarious workers

18 May, 2018Recent strike action by 30,000 Iraqi electricity workers employed on precarious contracts has lead the government to concede and provide 150,000 public workers from all sectors with the same pension and social security rights as permanent workers.

Iraqi electricity workers fight precarious work

11 April, 2018IndustriALL affiliate the General Trade Union of Electricity Sector Employees of Iraq (GTUESE) is fighting temporary work in the Iraqi electricity sector. They have staged a series of protests in front of government ministries and opened negotiations by meeting high level government officials.

Iraqi oil and gas affiliates form trade union network

8 December, 2017IndustriALL Global Union’s oil and gas affiliates in Iraq have come together for the first time to establish a trade union network to better protect the rights of workers in the sector, at a meeting in Basra on 24 November.