Oil workers protest in southern Iraq

Submitted by martin on 10 May, 2011 - 9:37

From the Iraqi Freedom Congress, 9 May: Hundreds of workers walked off the job in protest, which rocked the headquarters of Southern Oil Company in Bab al-Zubayr in the southern city of Basra.

The workers have come from oil fields in Basra; from North and South Rumaila, Albirjisya, West of Qurna and Majnoon and were led by the General Federation of Workers Councils and Unions.

The workers raised slogans condemning corruption, while trying to bring all corrupt officers to justice. Among the corrupt officers includes the deputy director-general's of Southern Oil Company and director of trade.

To confront the demonstrators, the management of the company called security forces. Sami Hassan (one of the organizers of the demonstration) was also imprisoned for two hours.

The demonstration was part of a series of protests sweeping the Iraqi and foreign companies operating in the southern region.

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Submitted by martin on Tue, 10/05/2011 - 09:44

"Workers threaten strike, mass May 25 protest following repeated claims to better pay... Hundreds of workers from Iraq's southern oil hub of Basra protested outside numerous facilities Monday [9 May], claiming Oil Ministry officials have ignored repeated concerns about the use of funds, equal pay, and the allocation of housing.

One of the biggest areas of contention is part of the realignment of the state-owned State Oil Company (SOC) as it works with foreign oil companies contracted to drastically boost production capacity..."

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