General News of 2014-08-10

Hunger threat on Jack Ryan rig, as cooks also go on strike

Information reaching Adom News indicates the strike action on Jack Ryan rig in the Jubilee Oil Fields is getting worse as the cooks onboard the rig have also refused to cook for the riggers and expats until they hear something positive about their salaries.

The cooks were initially not part of the strike, but as the expat rig owners from Transocean, took measures to distance themselves from the striking Ghanaians, the cooks also decided to join the strike.

The expats were said to have locked themselves up in their offices and also locked the lifts on board, to prevent the striking Ghanaians on the floor of the rig from climbing up to the offices of the expats.

Reports said the expats took a few drinks and cookies with them to kill their hunger, but the cooks have locked up the food stores on the rigs and refused access to both expats on the rig.

The riggers are supposed to be onboard the rig for the next 28 days, so if the nothing is done to address the situation, the expats could be hungry for the next 28 days.

Meanwhile, the striking riggers, who are supposed to be on the rig for 28 days, are being asked to go back to shore on a boat and meet with their recruitment agencies, Menergy International and Rig World Ghana Limited and sign new contracts.

But the riggers are said to have refused the offer, and insisted that it was a trick to get rid of them and bring in another batch of riggers.

They are insisting that they would stay on the rig for as long as their grievances are not addressed but they will not work. They are also demanding that the recruitment agency officials should bring the contracts to the rig for them to sign and keep copies.

Source: Adom News
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