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Iraqi Workers in the Turbulent Middle East
Hassan Juma’a Awad,  founding member of and President of the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions

Building Bridges brings you an exclusive interview with Hassan Juma’a Awad
who was an opponent of the Saddam Hussein regime, a human rights activist,
and unionist who was imprisoned by the Ba’athist regime three times for
“subversive” activity.  Now, under the current Malaki government, Hassan and
many others continue to face threats of jail and heavy fines for "threatening the
economic interests and stability of the state" for challenging the ill-treatment of
oil workers and the give-away of Iraqi oil to private companies.  

Unions played a vital role in the Arab Spring rebellions in Tunisia and Egypt
as do the Iraqi workers who are also challenging their government. Hassan
Juma’a Awad is a leading force in the movement of Iraqi workers, part of a
broad mobilization of civil society organizations struggling to establish a
democratic, non-sectarian society in Iraq after the war, with internationally
accepted labor rights.  The Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions faces many of the
same issues we face in the U.S.: struggles against privatization; for the right
to organize unions without retribution and with legal protection; and for the
active role of unions in securing the interests of working people.  Tune in to
hear Hassan’s report on the lives of Iraqi workers today, their fight for labor
rights, and the place of Iraq in the broader turmoil of the Middle East.
To Download or listen to this  28:13  minute radio program,

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