Iraqi & U.S. Trade Unionists Sign Joint Declaration
June 26, 2005
A Message From US Labor Against the War
About an Historic Statement of Solidarity
Between US and Iraqi Trade Unionists
Sisters and Brothers:
What follows is an historic document, a joint statement drafted by the leaders of three of Iraq’s main labor organizations and leaders of US Labor Against the War. The statement is the culmination of a sweeping tour of the US by the Iraqis who spoke eloquently in opposition to the occupation of their country. They spoke to their audiences of the threat and likely consequences of privatization of their national resources and industries and the importance of establishing free trade unions in Iraq.
The tour inspired thousands of trade unionists in the US to intensify the campaign against the war and occupation in Iraq. It brought hope and encouragement to the Iraqis who recognized that they had genuine support among the people of the occupying power. The statement, in English and Arabic, will be distributed throughout the US and Iraq as well as internationally and will be posted to the USLAW website. We hope that it will encourage unions everywhere to take a stand against the occupation and in support of the courageous Iraqi labor movement.
The English language version of the statement is posted at HERE.
The Arabic language version of the statement is posted at HERE.
We encourage you to distribute this widely throughout your unions and organizations, and put it in your organization’s newspaper and on your web pages.
P.S.: It is not too late to make a contribution to help defray the costs of the tour and to provide ongoing support to the Iraqi labor movement. Make checks payable to “USLAW Iraq Labor Solidarity Fund” and send them to USLAW, 1718 M Street, NW, #153, Washington, DC 20036.