Protest in London today in solidarity with Kazakhstan oil workers

Protest in London today in solidarity with Kazakhstan oil workers

Oil industry trade unionists and other campaigners in London today demanded that UK foreign secretary William Hague put pressure on Kazakhstan to release workers jailed for their part in a seven-month strike in 2011. Campaigners handed in a letter at the Foreign Office, and then demonstrated at the Kazakh embassy. The protest marked the second...
Hassan Jumaa Awad: Working class hero facing jail for oil union organizing

Hassan Jumaa Awad: Working class hero facing jail for oil union organizing

Hassan Jumaa, leader of the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions is facing a potential jail sentence when he faces a Basra court on Sunday 14th of April for ‘Overstepping the Duties of a Public Official’. His ‘crime’ is organising protests and building union strength in opposition to oil privatisation and also for standing up to...
Fundraising gets edgy - report back from the Edge Fund launch

Fundraising gets edgy – report back from the Edge Fund launch

Two days before the launch of the Edge Fund last December, there was a panic to find a bigger venue at Tonybee Hall because so many people wanted to go. The organizers seemed surprised and happy as no doubt their experience of launch parties is to book a small room to make it looked packed....

Stop harassment of Iraqi oil workers

After weeks of industrial action in the southern oil fields in Iraq, management are trying to prevent the Refinery Workers Union from operating by sending four of its leaders to other workplaces. This is a standard management tactic in Iraq, and in the past has often meant sending union leaders to more hostile, violent areas of...