General Federation of Trade Unions-Iraq (GFTU-Iraq) Statement on the Merger with the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in Iraq (FWCUI):
GFTU-Iraq’s first convention was centered on the following statement: “The unity of the working class is the path to salvage the Iraqi society from occupation and civil war.”
We believe that without uniting our ranks, we cannot stop the vicious targeted revenge attacks of the terrorist and sectarian groups who have turned our lives upside down and our workplaces into military camps.
During the convention, we solidified our determination to end the agony and fears of Iraqis by joining the IFC to end the occupation and by forming the Safety Force to defend ourselves where we live and work.
By this statement we say to our comrades in the leadership of FWCUI (who participated actively in our convention and made it successful) that in order to change the political equation for the workers’ interests we must become more influential and powerful. We thereby should unify our ranks and merge our organizations into a strong one.
We consider FWCUI to share the same prospects and aspirations as we do.
We invite FWCUI to work together with us and to take all necessary steps to announce our unity and to join the IFC which has become a vehicle to unify the workers toward a world where there is no occupation and no terrorism, a world of freedom, prosperity and stability. Let us join IFC as one.
Long live the working class
Long live FWCUI
Long live GFTU-Iraq
The Executive Bureau
General Federation of Trade Unions in Iraq (GFTU-Iraq)
November 20, 2006
of Iraq Freedom Congress
Working For a Democratic, Secular and Progressive Alternative to both the US Occupation and Political Islam in Iraq