Dublin protest to be held in solidarity with striking Kazakh oil workers

The plight of a group of striking oil workers in Kazakhstan is being highlighted in Dublin this afternoon.

The plight of a group of striking oil workers in Kazakhstan is being highlighted in Dublin this afternoon.

Oil giant Esso is being asked to intervene in the strike, which is taking place at one of its partner companies - Kazakh state oil and gas firm KazMunaiGas - in the country.

There are claims that the workers are suffering state repression and that a trade union leader representing them has been murdered. Some 400 workers who went on strike over changes to their pay, were fired.

Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy said he was taking the protest to one of Esso's garages in Ranelagh today.

"The company has fired hundreds of workers and now…their lawyer has been jailed for six years," he said.

"The workers have appealed for international solidarity."

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