EMERGENCY DEMONSTRATION AGAINST THE OIL LAW
in solidarity with the oil workers of Iraq
DEMAND CONGRESS DROP THE OIL LAW BENCHMARK
MONDAY, MAY 14TH NOON
SAN FRANCISCO FEDERAL BUILDING
450 Golden Gate Ave.
The Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions has put the Iraqi government on notice that it intends to strike on Monday , May 14th to demonstrate the union's strong opposition to the proposed oil (theft) law now pending action by the Iraqi parliament.
The Bush administration and Congress have made adoption of the oil law one of the "benchmarks" of "progress" and Iraqi "cooperation." The law has been unanimously and strongly condemned and rejected by all of Iraqi's major labor federations. If adopted, it would allow foreign oil corporations to obtain contracts to exploit up to 2/3 of Iraqi oil reserves for as long as 30 years and to reap the lion's share of the profits earned on that oil. It makes a mockery of the notion of Iraqi sovereignty and would deprive the Iraqi people of the resources they require to rebuild their shattered nation.
The leadership of the Democratic Party has embraced this oil law and put it into the supplemental funding bill as one of the benchmarks by which the Iraqi government will be measured. In doing so, they have become complicit in a backdoor effort to privatize Iraq's publicly owned oil resources - second largest in the world.
The Federation of Oil Unions in Iraq has given the Oil Ministry a list of demands in addition to their opposition to the oil law relating to wages and working conditions. They delayed their strike from Friday to Monday to give the Oil Ministry time to respond.
PLEASE JOIN THIS DEMONSTRATION TO SHOW OUR SOLIDARITY WITH THE WORKING PEOPLE OF IRAQ IN THEIR EFFORT TO DEFEND THEIR NATIONAL LEGACY AGAINST THE DESIGNS OF THE OIL CARTEL TO SECURE CONTROL OVER THEIR OIL.
TELL SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI TO
ABANDON THIS SHAMEFUL RAID ON IRAQI OIL.
This demonstration is called by U.S. Labor Against the War and the Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace & Justice