Kuwait oil strike would not disrupt output

Kuwaiti Oil minister Ali al-Omair (L), raises his hand during a parliament session at Kuwait's national assembly in Kuwiat City on February 5,2014. (AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT)

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwaiti Oil Minister Ali al-Omair said Wednesday that if oil workers carried out a threat to go on strike, the OPEC member had a contingency plan to ensure that production was not disrupted.

The oil workers union has threatened to strike after national conglomerate Kuwait Petroleum Corp reduced workers’ annual bonus.

“We will not wait for too long, and if the oil trade unions do not call off the strike [threat] by the beginning of next week, we will take all measures to protect our employees and installations,” the minister told reporters outside Parliament.

“We will seek the assistance of all state agencies, including the national guard [and] Interior Ministry.”

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 06, 2014, on page 5.




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