Brendan Barber wrote to William Hague 22 July 2010 stating the following story. The story has not appeared in the mainstream media and could be a hoax. It may also be that repression in Iraq has caused the union to be unable to publish news and this may have contributed to news corporations not picking the story up...
Police raided and shut down electricity unions across Iraq in mid-July, carrying out an order from the Minister of Electricity that could have been lifted from Saddam Hussein’s rule book.
The order prohibits "all trade union activities at the ministry and its departments and sites" and authorizes the police "to close all trade union offices and bases and to take control of unions' assets properties and documents, furniture and computers."
The leader of Britain's Trades Union Congress has called upon the Iraqi government "to withdraw the order, and allow unions to operate freely, underpinned by a fair, just and ILO-compliant labour law."
The Iraqi trade union movement is calling on trade union members everywhere to raise their voices in protest.