Image courtesy of Great Wall Drilling Corporation

Chad’s 1,600 oil workers involved in exploration and drilling went on strike Sunday after rejecting a pay offer from the two Chinese drilling companies they work for.

The strike is planned for three days.

Chad’s production of 120,000 barrel per day hasn’t been impacted so far.

The workers are employed by a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) called Great Wall Drilling Corporation and by oil services firm China National Logging Corporation.

The workers called another strike in January for higher pay.

The companies promised to raise wages by 2 percent from 2015 but the workers rejected the offer and threatened a second strike.

Union official Lagmet Harge said “That’s why we have decided to strike from Sunday at midnight until Wednesday. The strike is renewable.”

The workers are located at sites in the Bongor Basin and the Logone region near the southern border with Cameroon, Reuters said.


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