Strike to impact on Ghana oil production
from RUSSEL ADADEVOH in Accra, Ghana
ACCRA – THE industrial action by oil workers at Jubilee Oilfield in the Western Region is set to result in significant reduction in oil production in Ghana.
The oil and gas workers are protesting low salaries.
They alleged that local workers were paid monthly wages between GH¢2 500 and GH¢3 000 per month while their expatriate workers would receive a whopping GH¢15, 000 to GH¢30, 000 per month (about $5,000 to $10,000).
The locals argue that both expatriates and locals do the same kind of work only to be separated when it comes to wages and salaries.
“We do similar work, have same qualifications and perform similar duties, but why our salaries are so different?
“What worries most is that we get around GH¢2 500-to- GH¢3 000 per month when expatriates receive five-times what we earn, that’s highly unfair and discrimination,” said one employee, who requested to remain anonymous fearing for his job security.
The striking workers vowed not to go back for work until their grievances were resolved.
The strike comes barely a month the West African nation was plunged into darkness when striking Nigerian oil workers switched off gas supplies destined for Ghana causing acute shortages of cooking, lighting and industrial purposes.
There was no immediate comment from the oil workers union secretary, Eric Ofori.
– CAJ News
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