26 Aug 2011

Strike at Moresby LNG plant

11:05 am on 26 August 2011

As many as 100 workers in Papua New Guinea have reportedly gone on strike over pay at the ExxonMobil-led Liquefied Natural Gas plant on the outskirts of Port Moresby.

The labourers, who walked off on Monday and expect to strike for two weeks, told reporters on Thursday that Red Sea Housing, a company contracted to build temporary housing on the site, had ignored their calls for a pay raise.

The workers, mostly from surrounding villages, say they currently earn just over 3 kina, or US$1.43, an hour.

But the ExxonMobil spokeswoman, Rebecca Arnold, said there is an established workers committee process for any staff to air their grievances, in a bid to have them addressed.