Retaliation Against Iraq's Union Activists

According to a report today from Iraq Oil Report, union activists in Iraq's oil sector have been fined and relocated to remote locations as part of a campaign of seeming retaliation against their role in organising workers.

The agency also says that following a separate stoppage at the Basra refinery in 2010,  16 workers were fined nearly $60,000  -- it is not clear if this was a total or per-person amount -- and were transfered from Basra to Baghdad.

Based on a regulation remaining in force since the Saddam Hussein era, Iraqi workers in the public sector are forbidden from forming unions not formally sanctioned and controlled by the state.

(Source: Iraq Oil Report)

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