The attacks of the resistance against oil pipelines have made the exploitation of the oil zones in Northern Iraq impossible. So, in order to guarantee recovering the war investment, the Coalition increases oil exploitation in the South. Officially, the profits belong to the Iraqi state but, usually, production is not counted but robbed in the interest of the Coalition, which does not hesitate to offer extraordinary discounts to find accomplices who place these “ghost loads” in the international market.
In order to facilitate the plundering, the authorities have announced the privatization of the sector. However, Iraqi workers - united in clandestine trade unions, including 23,000 members of the Oil Workers’ General Union - oppose this measure and prepare big strikes. Let us remember that Paul L. Bremen III, the liberator of Iraq, banned trade union liberties and prolonged the Sadamist only union, the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions.