The workers in the leather industries achieved a historic victory when the administration officially agreed to pay all back safety benefits, and write out checks for other worker back pay. The workers maintained the integrity of their strike for forty-seven days, not allowing doubt or division to creep up on them.
The on-the-ground leaders displayed incredible skill in organizing and leadership. Even though the administration agreed to meet the demands, the organizers of the strike insisted on continuing until this coming Sunday, until they receive payment.
The Media Office - Federation of Worker's Councils and Unions in Iraq
December 3, 2009