Oil union unrest continues over unmet demands

Basra oil workers accuse the Oil Ministry of breaking promises, withholding bonuses, and continuing to persecute labor organizers.
Workers in Iraq's South Oil Company protest for better pay and working conditions outside company headquarters in Bab al-Zubair, Basra, on Feb. 19. (ALI ABU IRAQ/Iraq Oil Report)

BASRA - Oil workers in Basra are threatening to stage a fresh round of demonstrations to protest unpaid bonuses and the Oil Ministry's continued persecution of labor organizers.

The most recent grievance is the renewed legal prosecution of a prominent oil union leader. Hassan Juma thought he had been acquitted of charges that he orchestrated work stoppages and harmed the national economy – but an appellate court overturned that ruling last week.

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