Organizations Representing 130 Million Workers Say NO to War!
GLOBAL LABOR PRESS CONFERENCE REPORTS ON INTERNATIONAL LABOR
DECLARATION AGAINST WAR IN IRAQ
OVER 200 UNIONS and 550 union leaders from 53 countries representing
130 million workers have signed the International Labor Declaration
circulated by USLAW, beginning just ten days ago.
Workers of the world have spoken with a single voice, demanding that
the US abandon its militaristic threats of illegal aggression against
Iraq and that a peaceful means be pursued to assure that Iraq has
dismantled and abandoned all weapons proscribed by the UN
resolutions. They have said in unison, "Give peace a chance!"
This is the first time in history that the world's labor movements
have come together to speak with a single voice on an issue of urgent
On Wednesday, February 19, USLAW convened an unprecedented global
telephone press conference to brief the media about the Declaration
and its signatories.
Participating in that call were representatives of major labor
federations and unions in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Quebec, France,
England, Tunisia, Pakistan, Brazil, Australia, and Italy.
The press conference was broadcast in real time on the World Wide Web
and a recording of it will be posted shortly on the USLAW Website.
PARTICIPANTS ON CALL:
Larry Cohen, Executive Vice President, Communications Workers of
Bob Muehlenkamp, National Co-Convenor of USLAW and former Organizing
Director of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Gene Bruskin, National Co-Convenor of USLAW
Amy Newell, Former Business Manager, Monterey Bay Labor Council
Mick Rix, General Secretary, Assc. Society of Locomotive Engineers
and Firemen, UK
Pakistan: Rubina Jamil, President, All-Pakistan Trade Union Federation
Australia: Sharan Burrows, President, Australian Council of Trade Unions
Australia: Leigh Hubbard, Victorian Hall Trades Council, ACTU
Italy: Enzo Bernardo, Director of the International Dept., CGIL,
Middle East (Tunisia): Djeman Hacene, General Secretary,
International Confederation of Arab Unions
Brazil: Julio Turra, National Executive Director, CUT Federation
Canada: Judy Darcy, National President, Canadian Union of Public
Canada: Carol Phillips, Director of the International Dept., Canadian
Auto Workers (CAW)
Canada: Debra Bourque, President, Canadian Union of Postal Workers
France: Paul Barbier, General Secretary of Education & Culture Dept.,
Force Ouvriere (FO)
Mexico: Francisco Hernandez Juarez, Co-President, UNT
Quebec: Claire Lalande, International Dept., CSQ
Messages were also read from ZENROREN of Japan and KCTU of South Korea
For continuing news on these and other labor antiwar developments,
check the USLAW website (www.uslaboragainstwar.org) frequently.
International Labor Statement Opposing War Against Iraq
ON THE EVE OF A threatened war against Iraq, we, trade unionists from
around the world, join with U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW) and
the U.S. unions, representing more than 4 million workers, who have
opposed this war.
As trade unionists we have the responsibility to inform all working
people about issues that affect their lives, jobs and families, and
to be heard in the international debate on these issues.
We oppose a US led war against Iraq for many reasons:
There is no evident purpose for this war that we can support. There
is no convincing link between Iraq and Al Qaeda or the attacks on
Sept. 11, and neither the Bush administration nor the UN inspections
have demonstrated that Iraq poses a real threat to Americans and
It is clear that military action in Iraq will actually increase the
likelihood of retaliatory terrorist acts around the world against
This action against Iraq by the U.S. military and others nations that
may join them, threatens the peaceful resolution of disputes among
states, jeopardizing the safety and security of the entire world.
We know that the principal victims of any military action in Iraq
will be the sons and daughters of working class families who serve in
the military forces and innocent Iraqi civilians who have already
suffered so much.
We have no quarrel with the ordinary working class men, women and
children of Iraq, or any other country.
We oppose the spending of billions of dollars to stage and execute
this war when our nations need money for education, healthcare,
housing, and other basic needs.
We oppose the use of this war, and the threat of war, as pretext for
attacks on labor, civil, immigrant and human rights in the United
States and in other nations.
We believe Bush's drive for war serves as a cover and distraction for
the sinking U.S. economy, corporate corruption, and layoffs.
As representatives of the labor movement around the world, we have
long had an historic role in fighting for justice. We urge our
members to actively protest this war. At the onset of the 21st
Century we join with the vast majority of the people of the world who
seek a better life and who yearn for a peaceful resolution to this
and other international disputes.
US Labor Against the War