Jannah Hunt Oil workers prepare to enter full strike

National Yemen

A local employee stands in an oil rig platform

By NY Staff

Workers at Jannah Hunt Oil Company have announced that they will enter a comprehensive strike. This news follows a partial strike by employees at the company, which they entered last Thursday with demands for their rights.

The Coordination Council for the Workers’ Syndicate at Jannah Hunt said they had been calling for their rights for the past couple years and also that they had tried to seek change via the company or the Ministry but had failed to meet with success.

They finally felt compelled to enter a comprehensive strike when they heard rumors that the company would be sold to another company called Kuwait Energy. Whether they felt this would happen or not, employees there have stated that they are committed to seeking their rights.

The extension of the PSA between the company and the government is set to expire in 2015. More than 250 employees have been working for the company for the past 19 years. The company produces between 35,000 and 40,000 barrels of oil per day.

Workers at Petromasila sites have undertaken similar measures and have threatened to suspend production operations in the Masila Basin.

Foreign Minister Ahmed Daress paid a visit to a Petromasila facility to discuss workers’ needs, end the strike and have workers return to work. Indications are that a resolution is not on the near horizon and operations will likely soon be stopped.