Nine Years After Ouster of Saddam Hussein, Workers Still Toil Under His Labor Law

AFL-CIO, May 4, 2012 Nine years since US troops entered Iraq to oust the regime of Saddam Hussein, work and life in Iraq are - to paraphrase Thomas Hobbes - nasty, brutish and hard. Iraq is a resource-rich country, yet workers hardly earn enough to feed their families. Economic revival has been slow and sporadic, and working Iraqis are seeing little in the way of progress after the long occupation and withdrawal. Sectarian violence means that travel to work can be a risk in many cities, and indiscriminate roadside bombs continue to kill people just trying to work to maintain their families. For retirees, the situation is worse ... Nine