Shahristani clamps down on electricity unions

Energy minister delivers another blow to unions that global labor recognizes but Saddam-era laws still prohibit.
Iraqis protesting chronic electricity shortages clash with security forces in Nassiriya, June 21, 2010. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - Weeks after taking office, acting Electricity Minister Hussain al-Shahristani over the weekend ordered all union organizing be banned from ministry facilities, and rounded up documents and computers in Basra.

The move has been condemned by Iraqi unions and American and international labor groups as carrying on Saddam Hussein's legal oppression of Iraqi workers' rights.

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