TUC condemns murder of Iraqi trade unionist
The TUC has
condemned the murder of Hadi Salih, the international secretary of the Iraqi
Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU), who was shot this week by assassins who broke
into his Baghdad home.
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: "Hadi was a very brave man, who with
no thoughts for his own personal safety, returned home as soon as Saddam was
gone to try to make Iraq a better place to live and work.
"Like all trade unionists, Hadi believed in peaceful solutions to working
people's problems and his commitment to rebuilding the trade union movement as
part of a democratic Iraq has cost him and his family dear. Sadly, Iraq has now
joined the list of countries where trade unionists live under the almost daily
threat of violence and death, and Iraqi working people have lost someone who
worked tirelessly on their behalf."
Hadi Salih had, on many occasions, condemned those who seek to use violence and
terror in Iraqi. Only last month he had been at the ICFTU World Congress in
Japan where he had met Brendan Barber and other senior British trade unionists.
Hadi Salih was 56, and was a former printing worker, who helped found the IFTU
last May. Under Saddam Hussein's regime, Hadi Salih was sentenced to death in
1969 for his labour activism. But after five years in jail, he escaped the
gallows when his sentence was commuted. After fleeing Iraq, Hadi became a
political refugee in Sweden but rushed back to Baghdad shortly after the war
began in a bid to
rekindle the labour movement.
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