Boycott Shell Bulletin

(No. 4)
by Boycott Shell Campaign
Washington, DC, United States
Undated, about late 1986 or early 1987
4 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Language: English
Contents: Coordinated Protests In 10 Countries Escalate Shell Campaign • FUEL FOR THOUGHT… • Shareholders Challenge Shell • Shell Station Owners Demand Disinvestment • Companies Draw Fire For Pull-Out Methods • Are Your Tax Dollars Supporting Shell? • SHELL BOYCOTT CAMPAIGN MATERIALS • Boycott Shell demonstrations were held on November 15 in the U.S., Great Britain and the Netherlands (where Royal Dutch/Shell is based), Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Portugal, Belgium, and Italy. These actions followed admission by Shell officials that the boycott is having an effect and that they might be forced to withdraw from South Africa. U.S. church and labor organizations announced divestment of more than $12.4 million in Royal Dutch/Shell stocks and bonds. Union pension funds were divested from Shell that cover members or staff of the United Food and Commercial Workers, International Ladies Garment Workers, Pattern Makers, Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia, and United Mine Workers. Church groups divesting included the National Council of Churches, United Church of Christ Board for World Ministries, Women's and World Divisions of the United Methodist Church's General Board of Global Ministries, Sisters of Charity of New York, Sisters of Mercy, Little Sisters of the Assumption, and the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Houston. The American Baptist Churches and City of New York (on behalf of its Teachers' Retirement System) plan to challenge the company's role in South Africa at the annual shareholders meeting in May. The 600-member Swedish Shell Pump Owners Association demanded that Royal Dutch/Shell withdraw from South Africa at a meeting with senior company executives. The newsletter reports that many multinational corporations have drawn heavy criticism for the way they supposedly pulling out of South Africa, particularly those that have established licensing and marketing agreements. The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and other leading black South African organizations advocate disinvestment. Since January 1985, more than 70 U.S. firms have announced some form of disinvestment from South Africa, including General Motors (GM), IBM, Kodak, Honeywell, Revlon, Coca-Cola, Proctor & Gamble, and Fluor Corp., which has played a major role in providing fuel for the South African government and the apartheid economy. Fluor also is co-owner with Royal Dutch/Shell of A.T. Massey Coal Co. in the United States. Fluor recently lost a major construction contract on the Los Angeles Convention Center because of its South African ties. The newsletter quotes Dr. Arie Brouwar and Mine Workers President Richard Trumka. It also includes photographs of Randall Robinson, co-chair of the Free South Africa Movement, leading a demonstration in St. Louis and of Owen Bieber, co-chair of the National Labor Boycott Shell Committee, and Cyril Ramaposa with the executive board of South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). The newsletter excerpts articles from the Washington Post, the New York Times, the London Observer, NRC Handelsblad, the Johannesburg Sunday Times, and the Federation of Dutch Trade Unions magazine. The newsletter mentions the Sullivan Principles, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Dan Collins, Bell & Howell Co., the Brunei Government, South African Council of Churches (SACC), and Royal Dutch Chairman L.C. van Wachem.
Used by permission of the United Mine Workers of America.
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers