by Boycott Shell Campaign
Washington, DC, United States
Undated, 1986?
9 pages
Type: Brochure
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents: The Next Step Against Apartheid: BOYCOTT SHELL • Apartheid: CHEAP LABOR FOR THE CORPORATIONS • Apartheid: AFFECTING AMERICANS • Stop Apartheid: PRESSURING THE CORPORATIONS • Stop Apartheid: WHY SHELL IS THE TARGET • WHAT IS ROYAL DUTCH/SHELL? • ROYAL DUTCH SHELL: REFUSING TO LISTEN • DON'T SHELL OUT FOR APARTHEID • Stop Apartheid, Boycott Shell: WHAT YOU CAN DO • Shell Boycott Campaign Materials • The pamphlet says millions of Americans are putting new pressure on the apartheid system in South Africa by boycotting Shell. South Africa does not have its own oil supplies; without companies like Royal Dutch/Shell, apartheid could not survive. In response to requests from the National Union of Mineworkers (the largest black union in South Africa), Royal Dutch/Shell and its subsidiaries have been targeted by the World Council of Churches, Free South Africa Movement, AFL-CIO, United Mine Workers, NAACP, National Organization for Women, International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, and many other groups. Apartheid is a tightly organized economic system which maintains a supply of cheap black labor; many of the world's largest corporations, including more than 300 U.S. companies, have operations in South Africa. The pamphlet says without imported oil, essential transportation would grind to a halt. Shell also provides chemicals needed by South African industrial and agricultural operations, which in turn export products to the U.S. and to potential American customers around the world. Shell also co-owns or operates South Africa's largest oil refinery, the offshore station through which most of South Africa's imported oil is delivered, an oil pipeline operated with the government, and more than 800 gasoline stations inside South Africa. The pamphlet mentions UAW President Owen Bieber, profits, labor standards, the South African military and police, the Richards Bay coal export terminal, stockholders, the trade union movement, Shell Transport and Trading Co., COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions), and Bishop Desmond Tutu. [Note: This pamphlet was apparently produced by the United Auto Workers (UAW). A similar pamphlet, available on this website, was apparently produced by the United Mineworkers on America. Both pamphlets have the same address in Washington, D.C.]
Used by permission of the United Mine Workers of America.
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers