KIRKUK - The regional unrest that has swept two regimes from power in Egypt and Tunisia has energized protesters in Iraq’s oil provinces, who have voiced broad dissatisfaction with the government in demonstrations around the country, some organized by oil unions.
Hundreds of oil and gas workers held a protest at the North Oil Company’s (NOC) headquarters in Kirkuk, wielding a list of demands for better treatment, and raising the specter of a strike if their calls continue to go unanswered. NOC accounts for a quarter of Iraq's 2.7 million barrels per day (bpd) production.
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