On Thursday 16 September 2021, massive protests took place in Iraq as the contractual workers at the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity demanded the application of clause 61 A of the 2021 budget. The Iraqi Ministry of Finance violated this clause, which concerns the assignment of contractual employees as permanent employees at the Ministry.
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PSI affiliates in Iraq, the General Union for Workers in Iraq - Electricity (GUW) and the Union of Engineering and Technical Professions-South Electricity Sector (UETPSES), together with their trade union center, joined protests on 16 September to demand permanent contracts for electricity workers. Hundreds of employees gathered in front of the headquarters of state-owned companies affiliated to the Ministry of Electricity in the capital, Baghdad, and in other Iraqi provinces.
They demand that the legislative and executive authorities intervene to implement the clauses of the budget, especially those concerning the granting of permanent contracts to employees, while stating that they will intensify their position in the coming days if their demands remain unanswered.
The protestors confirmed that they will stand with the youth and will embrace their new ideas in different areas. These ideas will contribute to improve society and make it a better place.