The below is a translation of a statement released by the union
yesterday regarding strike action by workers at the Oil Transportation
Company in Basra. More news and updates will follow shortly.
A one day strike took place on the 21/2/2006 organised by union members in
the Oil Transport Company in Basra. The strike took place for the
1- In Protest at the deliberate/targetted neglect of this company by the
ministry of oil and the government.
2- To demand an improvement of workers living conditions
3- To demand that money owed to workers by the ministry of oil which be
paid. This money should have been paid but has not, despite the continuous
demands from the company and continuous unfulfilled promises by the
We are on strike today to send the message to the government that there
are employees whose rights are being wasted/violated.
In a statement to the press, the President of the Union demands that the
ministry meets its promises, and that structural changes be made within
the company as we (the union) believe there are some executives that
haven´t served the company right.
This sit-in will be the beginning of a long journey of struggle.
Long live the word of the Iraqi working class under a democratic, free