The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has published its annual survey of violations of trade union rights. It shows that in 2006 there were 144 murders of trade unionists for defending workers' rights and a further 800 suffered beatings and tortures.
There were 5,000 arrests of trade unionists, with 484 new cases of continuing detention. 6,000 dismissals are recorded.
As an honourary member of the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions, I regularly post items about such problems as faced by Iraqi Trade Unions and I recently addressed the Coleg Harlech Association of Old Students on the issue. Here is the ITUC's coverage of the violation of trade union rights in Iraq. It is a topic on which I am prepared to travel to address meetings.
I am grateful to Labour Start for bringing the ITUC's report to the attention of a wider public.