Latest news from the Federation of Workers' Councils and Unions in Iraq:
Health sector strike - update
1. Kerbala. Health sector workers held sit-in protest, after their strike last week. The workers held the strike calling for better wages, wage system reform, and repayment to those eligible for infection allowance.
The workers' Council in Kerbala hospital led the demonstration and the sit in protest.
A delegation of the health sector committee of the Federation of Workers’ Councils and Unions Kerbala branch have met the authorities, arguing the demands of the workers, headed by Sa'ad Abed – Alkadhem the head of Kerbala branch of FWCUI.
2- Nasiriya. Health sector workers went on strike four times in one month, calling for better salaries and repaying the infection allowances. The committee of health sector workers in Nasiriya distributed copies of the statement of the FWCUI, including the demands of the workers.
The workers held a sit-in protest. One of the leaders of the council of the health sector, Jasim Mohamed, spoke to the workers calling on them to unite in order to realize their demands.
Many provinces in Iraq have seen strikes of health sector workers, calling for better wages and repayment of the infection allowances that stopped/discontinued just after the occupation began.
3- Spread out … The strikes in the health sector have expanded to many provinces in Iraq such as Baghdad , Kerbala, Umara, Nasiriya, Kut and also Suleimania in Kurdistan.
Workers’ Media Center
October 11, 2006