Accra, October 31, GNA: “Following the strike action by some workers of MODEC Ghana Limited who work on the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, the Petroleum Commission facilitated a meeting on Thursday, October 30, 2014 between MODEC Ghana Limited and the General Transport Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union (GTPCWU) to find an amicable solution to the strike action.
After extensive deliberations, both parties have agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding pending the resolution of the issues. The aggrieved workers have agreed to withdraw the industrial action and resume work immediately.
As part of the agreement reached, the two parties committed to the following resolution:
That the Union will use its good offices to inform the affected union members to disembark the FPSO and convene on the 3rd of November, 2014 at an agreed venue at 9:00am to be debriefed by both Management and the Union on this roadmap.
That the workers will be relieved by their “Back-to-Backs” and normal crew change restored in line with the current rotation.
That the workers remain employees of MODEC Ghana Limited and will continue to enjoy all the existing conditions of service.
That the Standing Negotiation Committee will commence discussions from 7th November, 2014 on the proposed salary structure and career progression and conclude the Collective Agreement subsequently.
The parties have by the MOU, given their full commitment to work together as social partners for their mutual interest and to maintain industrial peace and harmony at the workplace.
In a related development, the Petroleum Commission will host both GTPCWU and the Rig Workers Association to continue with discussions on compensation packages for all categories of personnel working in the upstream petroleum sector on Monday 3rd November, 2014 after the planned debriefing of affected union members.
We would like to assure the general public that the Petroleum Commission will continue to do everything within its mandate to protect the interest of all parties and ensure the prevalence of a congenial environment for operations within the upstream petroleum sector.”
The Petroleum Commission was established by the Petroleum Commission Act, 2011, ACT 821, to regulate and manage the utilization of petroleum resources and co-ordinate policies in relation to them.