Oil workers start new protests despite reprisals

As the head of the major oil union prepares for trial, oil workers in Basra have renewed their demands for payments and other worker rights.
Workers at Iraq's South Oil Company protest against years of delayed bonus payments and other benefits and working conditions. (ALI ABU IRAQ/Iraq Oil Report)

BASRA - In spite of the impending prosecution of a prominent union leader, oil workers in Basra have renewed their protests demanding better treatment.

Employees of South Oil Company (SOC) have created a tent city outside of the state-run company's headquarters in Basra, decrying unpaid bonuses, demands to transfer temporary workers to permanent status, and other complaints. They plan to protest for at least 10 days.

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