STOP THE WAR IN IRAQ IMMEDIATELY!
Statement by the General Confederation of Trade Unions
The General Confederation of Trade Unions affiliating national trade
union centres in CIS countries and 38 industrial Trade Union Internationals is deeply
resentful at the news that the United States, Britain and their accomplices have begun
military operations against Iraq.
This act of impertinent and blatant aggression against the people of
an independent state, a member of the United Nations, has been committed without
approval by the UN Security Council, in defiance of world public opinion, and despite the
massive public protests all over the world. Therefore, it represents a gross violation of
the basic rules of international law, and no buildup of war hysteria can prove the
opposite. In fact, the United States has challenged the entire planet in its attempts to
impose its will on the world community and substitute arbitrary rule for the decades-long
mechanism of solving disputes and differences that arise between states. This must be
put an end to.
Workers and their families are always the first to suffer from
warfare. The current aggression against Iraq is no exception, as it may take hundreds of
thousands of innocent lives, ruin the economy, destroy a huge number of jobs, and bring
hunger and devastation to the country.
The war on Iraq is also dangerous because it has been unleashed
in a region with huge oil deposits, which may result in a grave ecological catastrophe. It
is the aggressor who must be hold responsible to the world public for the eventual
destructive consequences of this war.
The GCTU expresses its solidarity with the victims of this
aggression, the Iraqi people and workers, and with the General Federation of Trade
Unions of Iraq, and calls on the GCTU member organisations, the international trade
union movement, and all sensible forces on this planet to resolutely demand an
immediate stop to the bloodshed in Iraq and do their best to return the decision of the
issue to the legal framework of the United Nations Organisation.
Moscow, 20 March 2003