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The national oil sector union PETROSYNAT is threatening to go on strike next week. Consider his claims. In addition to CNPC, it is companies with Chinese capital established on Chadian soil that are targeted.

Above all, the union asks that the Chinese company respect its obligations, in particular the assumption of responsibility for the employees’ medical expenses, which are included in the employment contract but are not always provided by the employer.

“There are deadlines. That is, you buy the drug, it will take a month, two months before it is reimbursed. But we do not have the funds: we earn less than 500,000 francs!” exclaims Issangwaï Djimasra, member of the Union of Trade Unions of Chad.

But the union’s flagship demand is elsewhere: it demands better treatment of Chadian workers from CNPC. A problem common to all Chinese companies established in the country, which the unions condemn. “National employees working in Chinese-financed companies are treated very badly from a salary point of view,” emphasizes Issangwaï Djimasra.

It concerns the unequal remuneration between Chadian and foreign employees – regardless of whether they are French, Sudanese or Indian, for example. – as explained by Koba Gnavourbé, staff representative at CNPC. “The Chadian worker is paid worse than the expatriates. While a Chadian employee earns a maximum of 500,000 CFA francs, a Frenchman, a Sudanese or an Indian earns 9 million FCFA”. Contacted by AXADLE, the Chinese oil company CNPC did not respond to our questions.

This double standard is at the heart of the debates in Chad: last April, a parliamentary commission of inquiry was set up on the situation of Chadian workers in Chinese companies. But his conclusions are still not known.

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