Hundreds of BOS Shelf oil workers go on strike

On Monday, March 18, between 800 [Contact.az report] and 2,000 [RFE/RL report, in Azerbaijani] BOS Shelf oil workers went on strike in Garadagh, a suburb of Baku, Azerbaijan. The workers put forth five demands: increase salaries by 52% starting in April, pay salaries in Azerbaijani manats not U.S. dollars, restore vacation pay and health insurance, and discipline foreign workers who insult the local workers. The strike started in the morning and ended at approximately 3:30 p.m.with promises from SOCAR leadership that the workers’ salaries will be increased and they will be provided health insurance. At the same time, BOS Shelf LLC Director Ikhtiyar Akhundov reportedly told workers salary raises are not immediately feasible, according to Contact.az. According to RFE/RL, Akhundov said the company has made arrangements for the workers to have health insurance from April 1, however they will not receive their insurance cards until June 1.

One BOS Shelf worker, Ramin Musayev, told RFE/RL that the workers had health insurance until December. “Until December this factory was part of the Oil Company: in December it was given to BOS Shelf,” he said. “Now we don’t have health insurance and our salaries are very low. We work on Saturday and Sunday, but our salaries are still very small [unofficial translation].”

BOS Shelf is a company formed by Star Gulf FZCO (company of the Italian SAIPEM Group) and the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR). At present, SOCAR reportedly owns 96% of shares in viagra sales online BOS Shelf.

On April 1, it was announced that some demands had been met. (Contact)

Other recent worker strikes:

Last week, on March 14, workers at the Tekhno-Atinak LLC went on strike [REF/RL report, in Azerbaijani]. According to RFE/RL, the workers had not been paid for three months. Tekhno-Atinak is a Turkish company that is installing water pipes and sewers in Guba, a city approximately 170 km. north of Baku. The company was subcontracted for the work by Azersu. According to an Azersu representative, the pay issue was caused by delays in the transferring of money from the budget to Azersu and then on to Tekhno-Atinak.

On March 7, several hundred workers from the Siyazan Poultry Factory protested [RFE/RL video report, in Azerbaijani] in front of the Regional Administrative Building. They were demanding pay raises and the resolution of difficulties in obtaining their salaries. Regional Administrative head Arif Gasimov and his deputy Tariyel Tahirov came out and spoke to the protesters. They told the workers their demands would be resolved within one week. On March 8, it was reported that the salaries of the Siyazan Poultry Factory workers would increase [REF/RL report, in Azerbaijani] by 20 AZN (approx. 25 USD). Siyazan is town located approximately 100 km. north of Baku.fast auto and payday loans

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