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South Sudanese oil workers launch protests

Workers protest unsafe conditions and lack of payment in
South Sudan‘s oil industry

March 6, 2019

by Francis Michael Gwang

Another bad day for South Sudan’s oil industry and
government.

After being charged by a UN human rights commission with
being complicit in crimes against humanity and the environment, and
specifically with facilitating and financing mass killings, rape, torture and
economic cleansing, the industry and the government are now facing a new
problem.

South Sudanese workers staffing oil processing facilities
and pipelines have started demonstrating for safe operating conditions and for
back pay.

The workers’ demands:

That Greater Pioneer Operating Company (GPOC), one of South
Sudan’s major oil consortia, stop dragging its feet on implementing programs
for the improvement of work conditions. These programs were originally supposed
to be instituted no less than six years ago.

That GPOC respect the order issued by South Sudan’s minister
of petroleum, Ezekiel Luol Gartthkoth, which is for the workers’ being paid
back pay and a variety of allowances and subsidies owed to them – in some cases
since 2013.

The workers have announced that a failure to meet their
demands will cause them to go on strike and to sue the GPOC and the government.

GPOC is owned by China National Petroleum Corporation (40%),
Petronas of Malaysia (30%), India’s ONGC Videsh (25%) and Nilepet (5%).

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