||Issue No. 268||17 June 2005|
Courting Public Opinion
Interview: The Baby Drought
Industrial: Lies, AWAs and Statistics
Workplace: The Invisible Parents
History: Bruce’s Big Blunder
Politics: All God's Children
Economics: Spun Out
International: Shakey Trials
Legal: Civil Distrubance
Review: Crash Course In Racism
Poetry: You're Fired
The Locker Room
Once Upon A Time In America
The Truth Is Out There
Cash Cow On Private Tax Farm
US Backs Terrorists
The Americans have imprisoned union leaders without trial and raided workers' offices, while 10 union reps have been assassinated by insurgents.
Representatives of six Iraqi unions arrived in the US this week to plead workers' rights to be respect in the new American-driven constitution.
"We need to get our voices heard and by coming to the United States we hope this will happen," said Adnan Rashed of the Mechanics, Printing and Metal Workers Union.
"We are trying so hard to organise workers and make our lives better."
Speaking at a new conference, the six said efforts to improve workers' lives had been actively opposed by foreign companies, insurgents, the US and Iraqi military.
Rashed said eight union activists were arrested by US forces in 2003 and held, without trial, for seven months until their release. He said offices had been raided and shout down by the military and a least 10 others had been tortured and killed by insurgents.
Falah Alwan of the Iraq Federation of Workers Councils cited a case where a woman working at a grain silo, had been labelled mentally unstable, for helping organise protests.
Faleh Abbood Umara of the General Union of Oil Workers said his union had opposed the introduction of US companies like Halliburton to Iraq, and continued to organise opposition to the US plan for privatisation of his country's oil resources.
The unionists are taking their message to 20 American cities before returning home on June 26.
Dogs Join Teamsters
Two Iowa dogs have been inducted into the Teamsters Union.
Echo, a yellow labrador, and Hank, a mongrel, were given honorary union cards--after uncovering more than $16 million in cocaine and marijuana during a recent vehicle search.
The police dogs' handlers are full members of the Teamsters Union.
Workers Online understands both canines were marked for "euthenasia" before being rescued from a Polk County pound.
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