Contents: Week of Action Set of Nov. 7-14 • Boycott Featured In New TV Show • 3 Ways You Can Help • CBS Evening News Features Protests On Shell’s Role • Boycott Ad Trumps Shell's • Shell Clashes With South African Workers • Shell Admits: 'Time Seems To Be Past' For Pressuring Regime By Staying • International Action: • From 'The American Connection'… • BOYCOTT SHELL CAMPAIGN MATERIALS • From November 7 - 14, local U.S. groups are urged to leaflet at Shell stations to inform consumers about the boycott; phone Shell Oil Co.'s toll-free number; and pressure city, county, and state governments to end contracts with Shell or discontinue using Shell credit cards. Ways to pressure state and local officials might include hearings, demonstrations, lobby days, petition campaigns, or lunch-time rallies. Local governments in the U.S. and other countries have begun to cut ties with Shell. They range from Pike County, KY and East Palo Alto, CA, to Oslo, Norway, and three more cities and two counties in Denmark. Also, a group of Danish housing companies decided to stop buying about $25 million per year in Shell heating oil and gasoline. A new, nationally distributed television documentary, "The American Connection," focuses on the Shell boycott. It includes views of defenders and critics of the role of Royal Dutch/Shell and other multinational corporations in propping up apartheid in South Africa. The film was produced by the American Labor Education Center, with partial funding from the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Royal Dutch/Shell says its role in fueling apartheid should be excused because it supposedly treats its South African employees well, but it continues to clash with workers who demand improvements. At the Rietspruit coal mine co-owned by Shell, black workers had to strike in August when management refused to provide more than a minimal pay increase. According to a union spokesman, police assaulted the workers with rubber bullets and arrested and then fired 14 of them. The strikers eventually went back to work without the increase they sought. At the Sapref oil refineries, also co-owned by Shell, black workers won a pay increase after being forced to take a strike vote and threaten to picket Shell's offices throughout South Africa. John R. Wilson, head of Royal Dutch/Shell's South African subsidiary, says in his annual report that corporations can no longer justify their involvement with South Africa by saying they can use their presence to work for change. The newsletter includes key excerpts from this report. The newsletter mentions Bill Lucy, the Free South Africa Movement, Gretchen Eick, the United Church of Christ, the Weekly Mail, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Pat Horn, the Chemical Workers Industrial Union (CWIU), British Petroleum, invest, Vera Brown, Hazzy Sibanyoni, the 16th Street Baptist Church, and Birmingham, Alabama.
Used by permission of the United Mine Workers of America.
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers