All 223 oil workers at Shiwashok oil company in Iraqi Kurdistan began an indefinite strike at 5am on Monday 1 August, which has stopped work at the entire field.
The workers, who are residents of the area, are suffering from a lack of basic services like electricity and suitable paved roads to the workplace. They demand provision of electricity, building roads, and equal working conditions with colleagues from other nationalities. The workers also demand some money from the profit of oil production, which is a portion of the oil income to be distributed to the population in the areas which have oil, this includes workers themselves.
Shiwashok is located in the city of Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, and is under the authority of the Kurdish regional government. FWCUI support the strike of Shiwashok workers and we ask the management of the company to respond to their legitimate demands. We call upon all organizations, labor unions, and left-wing parties to support Shiwashok workers and their demands.