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Kazakhstan PM calls to prevent labor conflicts in oil and gas

28 january 2014, 13:01
Kazakhstan's Prime-Minister Serik Akhmetov. ©Marat Abilov
Kazakhstan's Prime-Minister Serik Akhmetov. ©Marat Abilov
Oil and gas companies are going to be held responsible for the labor conflicts occurring on their sites, Tengrinews reports.

Kazakhstan Prime-Minister Serik Akhmetov said that the government would monitor the social well-being of the workers.

"What concerns labor conflict prevention, this is no trivial matter, special attention must be paid to ensuring proper working conditions, living conditions and catering. The Kazakhstan government, the Ministry of Oil and Gas, will be rigorously monitor this," Serik Akhmetov said during yesterday's meeting of the Oil and Gas Ministry and called oil companies, both foreign and local, to make it a priority.

"Oil companies' top managers should go to their sites; these are no populist statements, but real ones. We must know exactly what is happening in the regions and in companies; inspect dormitories and catering, meet the workers. This is the only way to really know the situation in the fields," the Prime-Minister said, stressing that careful and correct approach would decrease the probability of emergency of social labor conflicts.

By Renat Tashkinbayev

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