South African Repression: Mobil in South Africa
by Mobil Out of South Africa and Namibia
New York, New York, United States
Undated, most likely second half of 1988, possibly early 1989
The leaflet says there was an ecumenical prayer service for the dead and detained in South Africa by local and national religious, labor and community leaders, followed by a press conference at the Mobil shareholder's meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. The event was aired on Phoenix television and radio. The leaflet says shareholders at the meeting called on Mobil to leave South Africa. Shareholders noted that in South Africa, Mobil's minimum wage falls below those of its major competitors such as Caltex and Shell. With a possible strike against Mobil in South Africa, shareholders asked about Mobil's possible response to a strike situation. Mobil's CEO publically refused to commit the company to not calling the South African police and military, or to share intelligence with the South African government in the event of a strike. The leaflet quotes Georges Racine, Chairperson of Mobil Oil Southern Africa. [Note: the first phone number of the leaflet is of the American Committee on Africa, the third phone number is of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.]
Used by permission of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root