head of iraqi oil union: "oil minister's decision is illegitimate"

The Iraqi Oil Minister, Hussein al-Shahristani's decision to terminate the labor unions in Iraq's petroleum institutions and to consider all unions to be illegal, has caused an uproar. Opinions within the Southern Oil Company in Basra have been conflicting as to the motivations behind this decision, but most workers agree that the oil and petroleum law - vehemently opposed by the majority of union members - is the main reason for minister Shahristani's statements. Ali Faruq, Niqash correspondent in Basra, met with Hassan Juma'a al-Asadi, the Iraqi Oil Workers Union leader, to discuss ... more

the oil law between clear positions and lack of precision

The draft of the Oil and Gas Law has raised many controversies and conflicts between Iraqi leaders and political blocs. It seems as if the existing problems are not enough and we need a new, more precarious problem to h more

"everyone participated in backroom negotiations"

Political responses to the amended draft oil law approved by Maliki's government in early July 2007 and sent to the parliament for endorsement were different. On 4 July 2007, the Sunni Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS) issued a fatwa against the approval of the government of the draft law. The AMS considered that, "members of the parliament should not at all vote for this law." The Association further added that the law "comes within the framework of deals concluded with the occupation forces and signed by politicians who came with occupation. Such deals will lead to wasting the bigges... more

krg minister: "the kurdish government is unhappy about the amendments"

The amendments made by the Iraqi State Shura Council to the draft oil law have caused much resentment among the Kurdish side who considered the amendments made as "major" amendments according to Dr. Ashti Hawrmi, the Kur more

notes on the iraqi oil and gas law

The draft oil and gas law was prepared in a rush and under conditions of political tensions as expressed by the former interim Minister of Oil, Thamir al-Ghadhban, in a televised interview. He described the draft law as more

last draft of the iraqi oil and gas law

On 3 July 2007 the Iraqi government approved the draft of the Oil and Gas Law, then the State Shura Council sent the draft directly to the parliament for discussion and approval. Because some parliamentary blocs boycott more

iraq's oil - legislation vs. reality

Now that Kurdistan-Iraq has revised the draft of the oil law for the region, the Iraqi parliament is about to approve the federal oil and gas law, and a law for the distribution of resources in Iraq has been agreed by bo more

new draft of the kurdistan region oil law

Ten months after the publication of the last draft of the Kurdistan Oil Law, the regional government published a new draft version of the aforementioned law on June 29, 2007, with the announcement that the new version ha more

profits and loss

Today, shareholders are converging in London and The Hague for Shell's annual general meeting. As investors hobnob in the Champagne Suite of the Hammersmith Novotel, those working in the oilfields that the company seeks to control are ready to strike over an oil law that Shell has helped to craft.

The focus is the culmination of four years campaigning by the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions (IFOU). Demands range from bread and butter issues such as land allocation, unpaid wages, holidays, health and safety and full-time status for temporary workers, to wider political issues which... more

draft of the iraqi oil & gas law

After having been kept confidential for many months, a few days ago the Iraqi government disclosed the draft of the Iraqi Oil and Gas Law which is controversial because of its importance at the national and international more
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