Labor activists oppose theft of Iraqi oil
Published May 26, 2007 8:16 AM
The San Francisco Labor Council on May 15 adopted, by unanimous vote, a
resolution denouncing the planned “Iraqi Oil Law.” The resolution
states, in part:
May 15 protest.
Photo: Ben Terrall & Bill Carpenter
“Whereas, in the opening days of the 2003 Iraq invasion, U.S. Soldiers
were ordered to protect the Oil Ministry, oil fields and refineries while
wholesale looting of Iraq’s antiquities unfolded ...
“Whereas, giving credence to Iraqi fears, the oil cartel has prepared a
new Oil Law which, if enacted by the parliament, will put effective control of
Iraq’s vast oil resources in the hands of foreign companies. Nationalized
since 1975, Iraq’s oil was, before the years of U.S. sanctions and
invasions, the foundation for a relatively high standard of living, producing
more Ph.D.s per capita than the U.S. and a health care system prized as the
best in the region ...
“The law would create Oil & Gas Council, on which would sit
representatives of Chevron, Exxon-Mobil, Shell, BP, etc. ...
“Whereas, the leadership of the Democratic Party has embraced the draft
Oil Law. ... By doing so, the Democratic leadership becomes complicit in a
backdoor effort to privatize Iraq’s publicly owned oil
reserves—second largest in the world ...
“Resolved, that the San Francisco Labor Council joins in solidarity with
the Oil Workers and Trade Unions of Iraq in opposing the proposed new Oil Law,
which is nothing less than a hijack of Iraq’s oil by the international
oil cartel. ... The Bush Administration and IMF are pressing Iraq to adopt this
law. It is unconscionable for the Congress to become partners in trying to
shove this law, which will benefit only the rapacious oil companies, down the
throats of the Iraqi people.”
Earlier on May 15, up to 60 workers held a demonstration at the U.S. Federal
Office Building in downtown San Francisco, in solidarity with the oil workers
in Iraq planning to strike in opposition to the proposed oil
“theft” law that the U.S. government is pushing on the Iraqi
parliament. The demonstration was initiated by U.S. Labor Against the
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