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STUC 2008



Iraqi women relying on our help to stop murders, says president

by John Stevenson

Norma Stephenson
Norma Stephenson

In the last six months of last year, 50 Iraqi women were murdered under various social, religious and political motives and pretexts, UNISON President Norma Stephenson told the STUC as it agreed to mount a campaign to support Iraqi unions and the Iraqi Women's league petition.

UNISON plays an active role in the TUC Iraqi Solidarity Committee, especially in campaigning against a decree that prevents public sector workers from joining a union.

"It is vital we publicise this important work as the problems faced by ordinary Iraqi workers rarely gets coverage in the mainstream media", said Norma.

Norma turned to the murders of women. "Iraqi women, who are subjected to discrimination, oppression and exploitation are today facing mass killings because of the widespread terrorism targeting them", said Norma.

"Despite the condemnation of these crimes, the government and relevant authorities have not taken the necessary measures against these criminals", said Norma as she urged members to sign the Iraqi Women's League online petition.

"I have had the honour of visiting Iraq and these women are relying on our help", stressed Norma.

You can sign the petition from the link at www.unison-scotland.org.uk/women/


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