Oil Police workers win

Interior Ministry bows to protester demands, hires Oil Police contract workers to full-time positions.
Tankers retroffited by a smugglers' operation to hide as much as half of their fuel load are discovered by the Iraqi Oil Police on Jan. 27, 2011. (BEN LANDO/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - The Interior Ministry has approved 3,300 new full-time positions for the Iraqi Oil Police, largely to provide security for projects involving foreign oil companies, ending weeks of protests.

Security personnel were among the oil-sector workers demanding better compensation, job security, and improved working conditions. Contract security workers are paid less than full-time employees, do not receive the same level of equipment and training, and get no pension.

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