Oil workers protest in Basra

Workers threaten strike, mass May 25 protest following repeated claims to better pay.
Iraqi oil workers protest outside the state-run South Oil Company, Monday May 9. (ALI ABU IRAQ/Iraq Oil Report)

BASRA - Hundreds of workers from Iraq's southern oil hub of Basra protested outside numerous facilities Monday, claiming Oil Ministry officials have ignored repeated concerns about the use of funds, the allocation of housing, and equal pay.

One of the biggest areas of contention is part of the realignment of the state-owned South Oil Company (SOC) as it works with foreign oil companies contracted to drastically boost production capacity.

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