Private oil sector workers threaten to go on a strike
KUWAIT CITY, June 26: Workers of private oil sector have threatened to go on a strike if their demands for equality with their counterparts in the government oil sector are not met.
On Wednesday, dozens of employees of private oil companies staged a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the Petroleum Workers Union to demand benefits and regulatory amendments that would place them in the ranks of employees of the government oil sector. Several representatives of different syndicates and labor unions were present at the location.
Head of the Kuwait Trade Union Federation Ahmed AlEnezi affirmed that the sit-in will be followed by strikes if the concerned authorities does not comply and sit at the negotiating table to come to an agreement about the preservation of the rights of the workers of this sector.
He stressed the need to implement Law No. 28/1969, amend the Kuwaitization regulations, and apply the principle of justice and equality stipulated in the constitution.
Representatives of the Union of Petroleum Workers and the Petrochemical Industry, the Workers Union of the Gulf Oil Company, and the National Petroleum Union also affirmed their support for the demands of private oil sector workers for their full due rights.
They expressed their astonishment over the matter, saying, “There is no sense in devouring the rights of oil workers in an oil-producing country like Kuwait”.
Meanwhile, according to a high-ranking oil source, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) has made great strides in restructuring the oil sector, with an international consulting house developing a detailed plan for the restructuring process, the main features of which so far have been to keep the KPC as it is, and for it to be incorporated by three independent companies, reports Al-Anba daily.
The source explained that the three independent companies would be as follows - a company concerned with exploration and production inside Kuwait, a company concerned with refining and manufacturing inside Kuwait, and the third company concerned with global operations.
KPC will have three main sectors under its umbrella. It will transfer the dependency of the Kuwait Oil Tankers Company to the global marketing sector.