Iraqi union leader on trial

Submitted by Matthew on 12 June, 2013 - 9:26

At a hearing on 3 June, the Iraqi Southern Oil Company lawyer presented a list of charges against Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions (IFOU) leader Hassan Juma’a based on a letter from the Inspector General of the Iraq Ministry of Oil in Baghdad.

The SOC claims that strikes which Hassan’s union has organised have caused them financial damage. Hassan, and his international supporters, believe that he has done no more than carry out his legitimate and legal duties as a trade union activist.

The judge has given the SOC until 17 June to provide evidence of the financial damages to the company they claim Hassan has caused.

An international solidarity campaign, coordinated by US Labor Against The War, is supported by all three union federations in Iraq (IFOU, GFIW, and FWCUI), AFL-CIO, TUC, Turkish union DISK, Haitian union Batay Ouvriye, etc.

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