Oil production in Western Kazakhstan resumed following oil workers' strike
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 21/ Trend E.Ostapenko/
A strike of oil workers in Western Kazakhstan is currently localized, the Kazakh National Welfare Fund Samruk-Kazyna reported. A systematic recovery of oil production has been launched.
"The conflict was resolved within the framework of the labor legislation. Oil-producing companies have been staffed, and oil production is being systematically resumed", the company's press-statement reads.
Thousands of oil workers in the western province of Manghystau have been striking since May, demanding a salary raise, equal rights with foreign workers, and the operating of independent trade unions in the region without restrictions.
Protesters are employees of 'Karazhanbasmunaigas' and 'Uzenmunaigas' which belong to the KazMunaiGas Exploration Production (KMG EP). KMG EP in its turn is accountable to the Samruk-Kazyna Fund.
A Court declared the protests illegal, and the relevant companies discharged several thousands of workers for participation in the protests and missing work.
Samruk-Kazyna reported that it considers the issue of employment very seriously.
"The illegal strike resulted in the dismissal of 2,000 people from the office. They are our people, and their fate is not indifferent for us," the press-statement quoted Head of Samruk-Kazyna Fund Timur Kulibayev as saying.
Kulibayev instructed KMG to work closely with local authorities and provide maximum assistance in employing the discharged workers in other contracting organizations of the region. The work must be completed within three months, he said.