Kuwaiti oil workers’ right to strike will be respected
Author: PM editorial | Date: 29 Jun 2016
Deputy prime minister praises oil union leaders for their handling of negotiations
Oil workers in Kuwait have been reassured by the government that their right to strike will be respected and they will not be undermined.
In April, the Kuwait Oil Workers Union called a three-day strike to protest cuts in pay and benefits being proposed as the demand for (and price of) oil falls.
In a session of the National Assembly, deputy Prime Minister and acting oil minister Anas Al-Saleh promised workers in the oil sector that “none of their privileges would be jeopardised in any way.”
He also said negotiations are ongoing with oil sector unions and praised the unions' leaders for calling off further strike action recently and for the way they have conducted negotiations.
According to the Kuwait Times, MP Jamal Al-Omar said the government should negotiate with the oil workers to settle the problem because failing to do so could threaten production of oil, the main source of the country’s revenue.
Responding to a question from an MP regarding training budgets for oil workers and whether they are being adhered to, the deputy prime minister said the training budgets were suspended as part of the government's belt-tightening measures but have since been reinstated.
At the same National Assembly session, the Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP) said it has received proposals for an Al-Zour North power and water desalination plant from several consortia and the project will be the second phase of the Al-Zour North power generation and water production complex.
Many of the Gulf nations are looking at opportunities in renewable energy to diversify their economy. Earlier this year, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) published a report looking at the opportunities and barriers for renewable energy deployment in GCC economies; the report suggested Kuwait would be particularly well suited to wind farms.