Ministry transfers leaders of Basra refinery protest to Baghdad

Workers say the oil ministry is retaliating against workers for protesting after failed negotiations. The ministry says it is acting to prevent unruly demonstrations.
Workers at the South Refineries Company protest Feb. 18 2010. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi Oil Ministry moved five South Refineries Company (SRC) union leaders to a Baghdad office of the Iraqi Drilling Company in response to a series of protests by workers who claim they are due bonuses since 2007.

The workers have appealed to politicians and ministry employees to be returned to Basra, where their families are still living. They claim they are forced to pay out of pocket for a hotel room and that they have not been given any duties and are instead sitting idle at the Iraqi Drilling Company (IDC) headquarters office.

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