Saturday, December 13, 2003

Iraqi union leaders arrested

On December 6, American troops arrested (or here) eight members of the executive of the Iraqi Workers Federation of Trade Unions, and took them into detention. They also took some files. No reason was given for the arrests. The union leaders were released the following day. The Americans had previously detained and released two other trade union leaders. Trade unions are inconsistent with the American goal of turning Iraq into a paradise for corporate looting. The Americans continue to treat Iraq as if it they won it in a poker game, and have no right under international law to interfere with Iraqi labor unions. The Nazis used arrest and detention of union leaders in April and May of 1933 in order to destroy the independent union movement in Germany.