Iraqi Workers’ Letter of Solidarity To the Workers and Students of France

This letter was posted on the Internet March 22, 2006. It has been edited slightly for style purposes for Labor Standard. The letter was issued by the Federation of Workers’ Councils and Unions in Iraq.

The massive protest that swept France against the anti-worker decree recently has proved the vitality and depth of radicalism in the labor movement in France, where the radical left and workers are the spearhead of the labor and libertarian movement in the world. The march of hundreds of thousands in Paris streets is the scream of the French workers and the world against exploitation and anti-worker policies.

In addition the participation of the students confirms the unity and integration of the mass with the labor movement. This movement coincided with [the anniversary of the] Paris Commune, when we commemorate the heroic acts of the workers of Paris and the establishment of the first labor government in history.

The workers in Iraq, who are proudly watching their colleagues in France, consider a victory for the French workers to be an Iraqi victory, [even though Iraqi workers still] face the plans and agendas of the U.S.-led invasion. That invasion has brought reactionary and right-wing groups to power, crumbled Iraqi society, and driven it to a potential sectarian conflict.

We salute the French workers and students!
Long live the labor movement!
Long live freedom and equality!

Amjad Al-Jawhary
Federation of Workers’ Councils and Unions in Iraq