Boycott Shell Bulletin

(No. 3)
by Boycott Shell Campaign
Washington, DC, United States
Undated, late 1986 or early 1987?
4 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents: Shell Admits Boycott Is Working! • Shell Hires Boycott Buster • Endorsements Grow • Shell Pays Employees to Serve in South African Military • Harvard University Agrees To Sell Shell Stock Worth $31 Million • Nuns Cut Up Shell Credit Cards • SHELL OUT OF SOUTH AFRICA: You Can Help • SHELL BOYCOTT CAMPAIGN MATERIALS • Chairman of Shell South Africa John R. Wilson says Shell is considering pulling out of South Africa and that "we would have difficulty pretending" that the boycott is not a major factor in company discussions. Wilson noted the link the campaign has made between the concerns of U.S. and South African workers; boycott supporters have emphasized that cheap labor conditions in countries like South Africa undermine labor standards and job security in the U.S. Actions were held throughout the U.S. and other countries on Nov. 15; a pull-out by Royal Dutch/Shell would be particularly important since South Africa has no oil supplies of its own. Royal Dutch/Shell has hired public relations consultants at Pagan International who helped Nestle and Campbell Soup Co. fight boycotts of those companies' products. The boycott has now been endorsed by more than 70 national labor, civil rights, religious, women's, student, environmental, and community organizations. New endorsements range from the Rural Coalition, representing 140 citizen groups, to the Citizens' Clearinghouse for Hazardous Wastes, a grassroots environmental organization. Shell admitted to the London Observer that its South African subsidiaries pay white employees to serve in the country's military; the South African government pays draftees a token wage, with Shell makes up the rest of their normal income. Shell also has agreed to abide by South African laws which allow the apartheid government to take over the company's operations in the event of a national emergency. After intense pressure from a broad-based coalition, Harvard University has agreed to sell its holdings in the two companies that are co-owners of Royal Dutch/Shell. This decision followed rallies and sit-ins at Harvard by students, faculty, and union members. Harvard also had been lobbied by the National Labor Boycott Shell Committee and the Free South Africa Movement. Anti-apartheid actions throughout the U.S. on October 10-11 focused on the Shell boycott, including a press conference by 40 Roman Catholic nuns in Michigan. Educational materials available include a 9-minute slide show/video, booklets, leaflets, buttons, bumper stickers, store posters, and Shell "Discredit Cards." The newsletter reprints an excerpt from a newspaper article "Shell may break camp in S. Africa" from the London Daily Telegraph. The newsletter mentions Cleveland, Los Angeles, direct action, and the Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Used by permission of the United Mine Workers of America.
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers