Iraqi Oil Workers Declare Tactical Victory
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On behalf of Naftana, we would like to extend our thanks to all, from
across the world, who have campaigned and written to
express solidarity with the oil workers and the IFOU. Naftana
will continue to relay news of the oil workers in their struggle to improve
living and working conditions, assert trade union rights and protect
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We would like to inform you of the latest developments in the oil workers strike in the south.
Finally the workers have won in demanding their legitimate rights. That is why an enlarged meeting was held with his excellency the minister of State for the Parliament Affairs lasting five hours resulting in the cessation of all the failings resulting from the conduct of the Iraqi Ministry of Oil and the irresponsible stance of the oil minister. Most of the issues within the remit of the prime minister were dealt with.
The meeting was very successful, because the minister represented the prime minister. The activation of the committee formed by the prime minister to deal with the outstanding problems was affirmed. And after deliberations within our union, the two sides agreed to halt the strike and to use dialogue in dealings to resolve the outstanding issues. On the other hand, all problems were presented to His Eminence Sayyid Sistani, and the Iraqi ministry of oil was reprimanded for its improper conduct.
Therefore, we would like to say to all that the workers will is indestructible. The workers can achieve what they want by the means available to them and their strength. And the oil workers are very strong, because they have a legitimate right. the workers have scored a third victory in demanding their rights.
Long live the Iraqi working class.
Regards, Hassan Juma’a Awwad
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