by Oil Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union, Richard W. Leonard
Denver, Colorado, United States
Undated, early 1988?
Publisher: Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union
15 pages
Type: Report
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria
Language: English
Contents of the report: BP's INTERESTS IN SOUTH AFRICA • BP: Fueling South Africa's Military Machine • Business That Supports Apartheid • Cooperation with the Apartheid Government • Oil to South Africa: Clandestine Trade • Coal: Earning Foreign Exchange • Labor Relations in South Africa and Namibia • BP Defends Its South African Business • KUWAIT'S NEW HOLDINGS IN BP AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ACTION • OTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACTION • Appendix I BP Subsidiary and Associated Companies in South Africa • Other BP Investments in South Africa and Namibia • Appendix II Concerned Organizations• The cover memorandum says the report was prepared by Richard W. Leonard at the direction of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union (OCAW). The document includes a cover memorandum, newspaper articles and a report, BRITISH PETROLEUM IN SOUTH AFRICA. The two newspaper articles are "Racial charges rock BP" by Gerry Oliver and Tom Feeney and "Local union officials protest 'racist' offer" by Tom Feeney. The report says British Petroleum has an estimated $400 million in direct investment in South Africa, making it the largest United Kingdom investor there. South Africa is subject to an international oil embargo (endorsed by a large majority of countries at the United Nations); because South Africa has no known exploitable deposits of crude oil, BP plays a very strategic role in supporting the government and the economy. The report discusses BP Southern Africa (Pty.) Ltd., South African Petroleum Refineries (Pty.) Ltd. (Sapref), Royal Dutch/Shell, Mobil Oil, oil companies, Trek Beleggings, Eikeboom Colliery (Pty.) Ltd., Middleburg Mine Services, Central Chemical Investment (Pty.) Ltd., Sentrachem, Unisel Gold Mines, Standard Oil of Ohio, Richards Bay Minerals, Richards Bay Iron and Titanium, South Africa's armaments industry, military, police, anti-apartheid organizations, OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries), OAPEC (Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries), the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), black workers, the United Nations' arms embargo, the South African Air Force, the Southern African Development Coordinating Conference (SADCC), South African Transport Services (SATS), Rhodesia, the Defense Act, the Price Control Act, the National Supplies and Procurement Act, the Petroleum Products Act, the National Key Points Act, coal gasification facilities, the South African Commerce Department, the Shipping Research Bureau, the South African Advocate-General, the United Nations Intergovernmental Group to Monitor the Supply and Shipping of Petroleum Products to South Africa, the European Community, the Miners International Federation (MIF), the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), Gencor, BP in Namibia, BP South West, United Nations Decree No. 1, Selection Trust, Tsumeb Corporation, the Ermelo coal mine, the Mineworkers Union of Namibia, District Six, the UDF (United Democratic Front), the Chemical Workers International Union, the Kuwait Investment Office, the Thatcher government, Daimler Benz, the UN General Assembly, the Shah, Standard Oil Company (SOHIO), Prudhoe Bay, Kennecott Copper Corp., and Old Ben Coal.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root