Chad oil workers extend strike

Chad oil workers13 March 2014, News Wires – Workers in Chad’s oil exploration sector have prolonged a three-day strike, a union official said on Thursday, as they seek to raise the pressure on their Chinese employers to improve pay, according to a report.

The strike, which began on Sunday, has not affected the Central African country’s 120,000 barrel per day output nor has it impacted operations at the 20,000 bpd refinery.

“We are renewing the strike and stepping it up a gear. Our team in the fields have asked the Chinese supervisors to stop any activity,” Lagmet Harge told Reuters, adding that drilling had halted completely since Wednesday.

It is the second strike so far this year by employees at CNPC subsidiary Great Wall Drilling and oil service firm China National Logging, the news wire said.

The roughly 1600 striking workers are located at sites in the Bongor basin and the Logone region near the southern border with Cameroon.

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