Iraq - Textile strike leader transferred (2011)

On 7 December 2009 a 53-day strike by 1,500 leather workers in Iraq concluded successfully after the state-run Enterprise of Leather Industries and Iraq’s Ministry of Industry acceded to demands of workers on safety benefits. The leather workers, part of the Federation of Workers’ Councils and Unions of Iraq (FWCUI), won added payments totaling 25-30% of salaries for working in hazardous conditions. The strikers only began work after all workers had been paid their safety stipend in cash. Their strike also spurred other similar textile workers to stage strikes.

However, in January 2010 the Ministry of Industry retaliated by transferring the leader of strike, FWCUI President Falah Alwan, to another enterprise in order to suppress his union activities.

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