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(en) Working Class Resistance #3 - CAMPAIGN AGAINST TOP OIL - Organise! (Ireland)

From Al S <klasbatalemo@yahoo.ie>
Date Sun, 7 Dec 2003 12:24:35 +0100 (CET)


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Welcome to Working Class Resistance (WCR!). The appearance of this publication marks
the coming together of the Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation, Anarchist Federation,
Anarchist Prisoner Support and a number of individuals to create a more effective and
better resourced class struggle anarchist organisation across Ireland. Together we have
created a new organisation, Organise!, with local groups and individual members across Ireland.
> CAMPAIGN AGAINST TOP OIL - AKA KELLY FUELS
Awareness may be growing of the link between Tedcastle
Oil Products (TOP Oil) and the refuelling of U.S.
military aircraft at Shannon airport. Already this
year a variety of different groups have applied direct
action tactics at some of the many Top Oil petrol
stations that litter the highways and byways of the
south. This has not only attested to the success of
direct action tactics in general, but has also
provided activists with the confidence needed for
further campaigns. By giving us all a sense of
participation in the anti-war effort at a local level,
it has helped remove the feeling of powerlessness that
sometimes overwhelms us when we realise just how much
the odds are stacked against us.

But what can activists in the north do to help out in
the continuing struggle against Top Oil? After all,
Top Oil does not have petrol stations north of the
border. Well, for a start, they may wish to focus
their attention on Kelly Oil, a subsidiary of Top Oil
in the north. But who are Kelly Oil? Time for a bit of
history.

Kelly Oil takes its name from Kelly Shipping which
from the mid-1880s transported coal and grocery items
from Belfast throughout the ports of the British Isles
and the rest of Europe. Indeed, the term “Kelly’s Coal
Boats” became part of language in coastal towns
throughout the country, the ships serving with
distinction during two world wars.

However the firm, mindful of changing trends in the
domestic heating market with more and ever more homes
using oil as their primary source of heat, entered the
oil fuel business in the early 1980s. The first road
tanker was acquired in 1983 and soon the name Kelly
Oil became familiar in Belfast and North Down. Steady
growth followed with the oil business being introduced
to other coal depots until Kelly Fuels became one of
the largest oil distributors in the province. In 1993
Kelly's merged with Lanes Group Limited, another
significant player in the oil and solid fuel markets.
The merged entity continued to trade under “Kelly
Fuels” and is now the biggest player in N. Ireland. In
1997 the acquisition of Bruce Lindsay Coal, based in
Edinburgh and the Highlands of Scotland made Kelly
Fuels the second largest solid fuel distributor in the
U.K. The end of 1999 saw another acquisition in
Scotland and three more in Northern Ireland. This
growth was to continue into the new millennium.

Kelly Oil has offices throughout the north. The head
office of Kelly Fuels is at:
1 Lombard Street, Belfast, BT1 1BN. Their website is:
http://www.kellyfuels.co.uk

The company also has local sales offices in Belfast
(028 90771221), Derry (028 71360330), Coleraine (028
7034 2283), Ballymena (028 2564 9811), Larne (028 2826
0222) and Portadown (028 3835 0360). So get in
contact, register your anger, or organise a protest at
an office near you!

Another potentially more useful tactic may be to nip
across the border to Omeath, Co. Louth. Every week
thousands of northern motorists use the Top Oil
station there to fill up with cheaper petrol and
diesel. Omeath is a small village. Nothing much
happens there. But it could provide the catalyst to
kick start the campaign in the north, and give
southern activists an opportunity to create further
pressure in the south.

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>From the pages of Working Class Resistance #3, the new
bulletin of Organise! For further information contact
Organise! at: organiseireland@yahoo.ie

ORGANISE!
P.O. BOX 505,
BELFAST,
BT12 6BQ


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