Interview: Labor issues in the Iraqi economy

The International Labor Organization's chief technical adviser in Iraq discusses the country's struggles to bring its labor conditions up to a standard that can support the economy's booming growth.
Sri Lankan workers who allege they haven't been paid for two years on a project contracted by the government meet with Missan province governor Ali Douai. (JEWDAT AL-SAI'DI/Iraq Oil Report)

As investors pursue opportunities in Iraq's growing economy, they face the prospect of employing Iraqi and foreign workers in the absence of modern regulation to govern labor.

Problems have already arisen. Workers have little recourse against real or perceived wrongdoing by employers, and investors have few assurances that subcontractors will prioritize the financial security and physical health of the workers — and, in turn, the quality of their work.

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