Contents: A Message from Two Presidents by Owen Bieber, President, International Union, UAW and Richard L. Trumka, President, United Mine Workers of America • The Case Against Shell • The Shell Boycott Is Working • Shell's Mismanagement • Royal/Dutch Shell-A Bad Investment • Conclusions on a Corporate Shell Game • U.S. Endorsers of The Shell Boycott • The report says the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies is a major sustainer of the racist system of apartheid in South Africa; through its supply of oil, Royal Dutch/Shell provides a vital natural resource that South Africa does not possess; by refining that oil and providing it to Pretoria's military and police, Royal Dutch/Shell directly fuels the wheels of apartheid; significantly, South African law defines oil as a "munition of war"; by investing large amounts of capital in South Africa, Royal Dutch/Shell helps prop up the crisis-ridden South African economy. The report says Shell has been a major supplier of crude oil to South Africa in violation of United Nations and OPEC-nation oil embargoes; the Amsterdam-based Shipping Research Bureau has identified Shell-owned, managed, or chartered tankers delivering at least 23 cargoes of crude oil to South Africa between 1979 and 1982, totaling approximately 4.5 million tons; a common pattern has been for Brunei Shell to sell its crude oil to a subsidiary of the Japanese Marubeni Corporation, which then sells the same oil to an international trader operating out of Switzerland named Marc Rich (who is wanted in the U.S. for tax evasion). The report says more than 70 organizations in the U.S. are helping to direct the Shell boycott, including the UMWA and the UAW, the Free South Africa Movement, the AFL-CIO with its 89 affiliated unions and 13.1 million members nationwide, the National Education Association, the NAACP, the National Organization for Women, and the Rural Coalition of 140 citizen action groups. The report says there could hardly be a worse time to invest in the economy of the Republic of South Africa; corporate mismanagement is a primary reason why universities, municipalities, labor unions, pension funds, church investors and other institutions are swiftly moving to divest their sizeable holdings of Shell companies' stocks and bonds, and why others are calling for a special shareholders' meeting to address this issue. The report discusses Oman, gasoline stations, oil shipments from Brunei Shell Petroleum, the Shell-BP refinery in Durban, Lovan Wachem, the National Supplies Procurement Act, the Petroleum Products Act, Shell Transport and Trading, Sir Peter Baxendell, censorship laws, the Rietspruit coal mine, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, the South African Council of Churches (SACC), Cyril Ramaphosa, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), John R. Wilson, President P.W. Botha, Los Angeles County Board of lnvestors, the City of Detroit, Harvard University, Great Britain, the Inner London Education Authority, Oslo, Norway, the World Council of Churches (WCC), the South African Defense Force (SADF, South African Defence Force), labor unions, the National Council of Black Mayors, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL), the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), Tony Cimino, the UAW (United Auto Workers), Richard Womack, G .A. Wagne, the Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., Barclays Bank, General Motors Corp. (GM), International Business Machines (IBM), Rondebosch, the Kinross mine, South African coal miners, a demonstration, Colby H. Chandler, Eastman Kodak Company, sanctions, Landis McKeller, Wharton Econometrics Forecasting Associates, Wall Street firm Rinfret Associates, Frost & Sullivan, investment risk, New York City Comptroller Harrison Goldin, the American Baptist Churches, Gordon Smith, Randall Robinson, Copenhagen, Denmark, disinvestment, and The Washington Post. [This document was digitized by Kenneth Zinn who provided it to the African Activist Archive Project.]
Used by permission of the United Mine Workers of America.
Collection: Private collection of Kenneth Zinn