Workers of Libya’s Sharara oilfield demand salary hike of 67%
Some 50 to 60 workers at Libya’s largest oilfield, Sharara, wearing blue jumpsuits, appeared in a video demanding a salary hike of 67%, a figure that the government decided in 2013.
The demands are the first sign of dissent at the 315,000-barrels-per-day (bpd) field in southern Libya since it reopened this month.
State guards and tribesmen had closed Sharara in December in an apparently successful attempt to clinch salary payments and development funds.
Workers at two other fields also posted pictures that show them demanding a pay increase, calling their movement “Sabaa Wa Steen”, the Arabic word for 67.
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