Rumaila blockade averted

Governor meets with oil workers to hear grievances, forestalling a major labor interruption at Iraq’s biggest oil field.
Iraqi, BP and CNPC officials at the Rumaila oil field Technical Service Contract signing in 2009. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

BASRA - The governor of Basra province averted an imminent blockade of Iraq’s largest oil field, offering a meeting with oil union members to discuss grievances that have fueled intensifying protests.

Unionists had planned to stop foreign oil workers from entering the Rumaila field Tuesday by shutting down main roads and entrances to facilities. But late on Monday, the governor of Basra, Khalaf Abdul Samad Khalaf, sent an eleventh-hour appeal to the organizers, offering an audience with himself and representatives from the Oil Ministry "to present all issues that you suffer from in order to develop appropriate solutions."

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