Public sector workers in the Iraqi Kurdistan region of Iraq staged a strike on Sunday the 29th of November in protest after their wages being withheld for in some cases since March of this year. Teachers, health workers and other civil servants made up the strike as Iraq’s deep economic crisis plunges people further into poverty.
Royal Mail has been in dispute with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) for over a year. In March this year, CWU members delivered a massive 94.5% YES vote in favour of strike action with a turnout of 63.4%, easily exceeding the requirements of Britain’s regressive trade union legislation for the third time in less than three years.
However, recognising the ongoing crisis and the key importance of their role, the CWU decided to postpone any industrial action until lockdown measures had passed.