Oil workers protest in Basra

Dispute over labor law, attacks on workers, mark ongoing tension between Iraqi oil workers and the government.

Hundreds of oil workers in southern Iraq have staged protests after disputes with their employers over overtime pay and demotions, sparking union leaders to call for a much-delayed labor law to be ratified.It is the latest in an ongoing dispute between Iraqi laborers and the government that refuses to recognize them, which would be a major risk to any foreign investment, especially in the oil sector.An anonymous member of an oil union in Basra said that on January 31, hundreds of oil wor...

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