Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – Iraqi President Fuad Masum has reiterated his unshakable stance to maintain rights of Iraqi workers and empower them to play a more active role in promoting the Iraqi economy.
In a cable of greetings on the occasion of the International Workers’ Day, President Masum stressed that the Iraqi working classes will be able to enjoy their freedom of association from now on, after he passed a law allowing Iraq to join the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize Convention.
He also praised Iraqi laborers’ struggle against “powers of dictatorship and exploitation,” and their efforts to completely defeat terrorism and establish a modern state based on the values of citizenship, freedom, justice and a decent life for all Iraqis.
The Iraqi president voiced his determination to enact laws to improve the living standards of Iraqi workers and help them enjoy their freedom of association.
The International Workers’ Day, also known as Labour Day, is a celebration of laborers and the working classes worldwide, which occurs every year on May 1.
May 1 was chosen to be International Workers’ Day to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago, when there was a general strike for the eight-hour workday.