Model motion for trade union branches, trades councils or anti-war groups
This organisation (or stewards/branch/regional committee) notes:
- A credible study by public health specialists, published in The Lancet, suggesting that some 100,000 Iraqis had died between 20 March 2003 and late summer 2004 as a direct result of the war and occupation the vast majority at the hands of US/UK coalition forces, particularly aerial bombardment. The figures exclude the high number of civilian deaths in Fallujah in 2004.
- The mounting number of deaths among both US and British forces, which both include large numbers of reservists.
- Substantial evidence of the widespread torture and harassment of Iraqi prisoners at the notorious Abu Ghraib, other prisons and makeshift detention centres.
- The long-term failure to re-construct basic infrastructure including water and electricity supplies across much of the country.
- That opposition to the occupation is widespread among the Iraqi population.
This organisation believes that:
- Iraq remains an occupied country, and its current government, lead by Iyad Allawi, is an illegitimate puppet regime.
- The principal concerns of the US and UK governments are neither the security nor democratic rights of the Iraqi population but to secure permanent military bases in a strategic, oil-rich region and to complete the wholesale privatisation of huge swathes of the Iraqi economy.
- The occupation forces do not have any progressive role to play in Iraq and their continued presence can only intensify and prolong the suffering and bloodshed.
- Developments such as Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Against the War and UK Veterans and Families for Peace should be welcomed as a key component of a renewed movement to end the war and occupation.
- Both UK and US forces should leave immediately, and those countries should pay substantial reparations to Iraq for the invasion and the sanctions that preceded it.
- Trade unionists in Iraq should have the right to organise freely in defence of their rights and against the privatisation of Iraqi industries and services.
This organisation therefore resolves:
- To support the call for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of British, US and other coalition troops from Iraq.
- To work with national campaign groups to make our opposition to the occupation known both to the general public and to the government.
- To affiliate to Iraq Occupation Focus* and to promote its work among our members.
- To send a message of solidarity to the Southern Oil Company Union in Basra** and to donate (�/�/�0) to their organising funds.
* Annual affiliation fee for organisations: local groups �; national groups �.
** Iraq Occupation Focus is coordinating a UK solidarity appeal to support the Southern Oil Company Union. For more details, see www.iraqoccupationfocus.org.uk/socu.htm.
Please send any donations and affiliation fees to: Iraq Occupation Focus, PO Box 44680, London N16 7XX. Cheques should be made payable to Iraq Occupation Focus. If you are sending a donation for the Southern Oil Company Union appeal, please make clear in an accompanying letter. Enquiries can be emailed to us at email@example.com.