Interview with Ahmed Ali Al-Qidani, on behalf of the Total Gas Labour Union of Yemen
The killing of former Yemeni President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, by Houthi fighters in the capital, Sana’a, earlier this month has led to an intensification of the war in that country, magnifying an already extreme humanitarian crisis.
Protests around the world on March 31 showed solidarity with Yemeni workers, victims of exploitation and gangsterism by TOTAL and G4S.
International campaign needed to force companies to pay.
It is in the nature of capitalism to turn every human disaster into an opportunity to make profit. The war in Yemen has not only destroyed the lives of tens of thousands of civilians; it has also created a landscape whereby multinational corporations can more easily behave like outright gangsters in robbing their workers.
Solidarity spreads for victims of wage robbery and killing by multinational corporations.
On Friday, February 17, several sections and supporters of the CWI took part in protests against the French energy company TOTAL, for its role in leaving workers, employed to protect its sites in Yemen, unpaid for a year and counting; and for its presumed role in the killing of three of these workers last December.
Security workers demand wages and arrest of colleagues’ killers.
Yesterday, Monday 6 February, around one hundred workers demonstrated in front of the parliament buildings, in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen. They were demanding unpaid wages and seeking justice for their murdered colleagues. Their original employers, the multinational oil corporation, TOTAL, and its subcontractor, the security company, G4S, robbed over 200 security guard workers of more than one year’s wages, after the companies abandoned most of their economic activities in the country in 2015
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