Strike At OzenMunaiGas Oil Company: Striking Workers Demand For Higher Wages
Employees “Burgylau” private service company refuse to go to jobs for the third day. Oilfield service companies “Burgylau” from 2000 carries out drilling and maintenance work on wells of Ozenmunaigas JSC in Zhanaozen (producing “daughter” of national oil and gas company KazMunaiGas). It’s a In “Burgylau” runs about two thousand people.
Zhanaozen oil workers demand for higher wages.
According to them, lack of understanding with the management has been going on for several months. In July, they also came out on strike, but to resolve all contentious issues then and could not. Therefore, the requirements remain the same: wage increases, bonus payments and the termination of criminal proceedings against their union leader. In addition, oil companies are asked to transition to a unified pay system for oil and gas companies. To achieve this, at first they did not go to work for several hours a day, but now have decided to suspend the workflow completely. Local authorities are in a situation not intervene because the private company and is not related to the state structures. The leadership of “Burgylau” comment there was nothing.
About a hundred workers Burgylau drilling company refuse to go to work from September 30 and go on strike at the bus station, located on the outskirts of Zhanaozen. On the territory of the bus strikers hung posters with slogans “Long live justice!”, “We demand a uniform system of wages!”, “We demand the implementation of Elbasy’s message!”.
– We demand to stop pressure on our chosen trade union, the payment of bonuses for overtime for the 2014-2016 years, and require the transition to a unified pay system for oil and gas companies – says the company’s working Bekarys Tolesinov.
According Tolesinov, there is “a lot of injustice” in the company. He argues that the employees do not provide paid leave and the overtime doesn’t count.
Striking workers appealed to the shareholder Rakhmet Hayrullaevu demanding to stop putting pressure on the union elected by them. According to them, at the union office put up security, and accounts frozen, because of what the workers can not discuss with the employer on social and labor questions.
Striking employees of the company were dissatisfied with the fact that did not receive a specific answer to your requirements. They invited Hayrullaeva look at their jobs, so that he “understood the situation of the workers.” However, the main shareholder refused the offer.
It’s the second oil strike for three months. This summer, the workers’ Burgylau “held a week-long strike by suspending work. The staff is then complained about the reduction of working hours and wages volume in spite of the fact that the work is performed in accordance with the plan. Striking workers held a union meeting and elected the new composition of the union, but he still can not get to work.
Eralievsky District Court sentenced on September 8 employees elected chairman of “Burgylau” union Saduakas Bekkalieva to one and a half years of conditional imprisonment on charges of theft in the workplace. According to the court, he is forbidden to leave the house after 20 hours travel outside Zhanaozen and participate in meetings. Saduakas Bekkaliev denied the accusations. He said that he had been persecuted because of the activity of the company’s employees.
In May 2011, workers from the Ozenmunaigas (Ozenmunaygaz) oil field went on strike over pay. The strike was declared illegal by local courts and the state oil company sacked nearly 1000 employees.Some of the sacked workers then occupied the town square in protest. On 16 December 2011 police were accused of firing on them. Fifteen people (workers and police officers) were killed according to government officials, though opposition sources put the death toll in the dozens. In disturbances that day local government offices, a hotel and an office of the state oil company were set on fire. Eighty-six people were injured in the clashes – according to the authorities – and due to shortage of hospital beds in Zhanaozen, many were taken to be treated in the regional capital Aktau, about 150 km away.
A state of emergency was declared on December 17, roads into Zhanaozen were blocked, and the local airport was closed for incoming flights. Mobile phone coverage was blocked, as were internet connections.
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