The workers of the oil extraction companies began an indefinite strike on Wednesday, June 29, at the request of three central unions. In their demands, they demand better working conditions and higher wages. This strike therefore paralyzes this crucial sector of the national economy, which alone accounts for more than 80% of the country’s exports.
as reported from Brazzaville, Loicia Martial
This strike is an expression of fatigue, as for several years these workers have been unsuccessfully demanding a revaluation of their wages, which is considered too low, especially since Congo is also affected by general inflation, as far as the world knows.
According to many oil company agents contacted in Pointe-Noire, the economic capital, where activities are concentrated, they first observed a hunger strike earlier this week, before “stopping everything at the bases, platforms and all other petroleum installations.
In their demands, they also ask that employees in companies that were forced to close during the covid-19 pandemic should receive compensation, states the Federation of Workers in the Petroleum and Petroleum Sector (FTPP).
At the Ministry of Hydrocarbons, it is a “serious problem that the government has taken on”. government source on condition of anonymity. “A meeting between the government and the striking unions is planned as soon as possible. This strike is the consequence of some misunderstandings,” she added.
Congo is an OPEC member country and officially produces 300,000 barrels per day.