Saturday, September 09, 2006

Iraqi oil workers win strike

This news is a few days old now, but apparently the workers of the General Company for Oil Lines and Pipes, based in Basra and Nassiriyah, have won their recent strike action. They demanded:

1. Wages must be paid in due time

2. Overtime work must be paid

3. Increase workers' allowances

4. Provide ambulances at working places to transfer sick workers to hospital when needed

In this day and age it's disgusting that people are still having to go on strike to achieve simple, basic standards such as these. But at the end of the day, people acted and they won.

Congratulations to the General Union of Oil Employees in Basra, which led the strike. And let this be a lesson to all of those who take the bi-polar "anti-imperialism means you agree with absolutely anyone who's opposed the the USA" attitude to leftist politics that seems to dominate some sections of the UK anti-war movement. Independent, positive demands which progress the interests of working people are possible, anywhere in the world.


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