The General Federation of Iraqi Workers (GFIW) has condemned the decision of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs to ratify the results of sham union elections.
Hadi Ali Lafta, the vice-president of GFIW, said “the Ministerial Committee should have awaited the outcome of lawsuits filed against the election results.” He pointed out that the announcement of election results were “fraudulent and a fabrication” that are no different in style from the previous elections. .
Lafta also told “Tareeq Al-Shaab” newspaper that “preparations are continuing to hold the elections after we published and distributed the Electoral Programme to all federations and unions in the country. We have determined the mechanism for conducting elections with a timetable that begins on 23rd September and continues for two months.” He added that daily meetings are being held with unions in the provinces despite the announcement by the Ministry. The Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Nassar al-Rubai’e, announced yesterday (10 Sept, 2012) the ratification of union elections for the General Federation and the release of its assets.
The Ministerial Committee consists of representatives from the Ministries of Interior, Justice, Finance, Human Rights, Ministry of State for Parliamentary Affairs, a representative of the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers and a representative of the Justice and Accountability Commission.
11 September 2012