Kuwait to boost oil production despite strike

19 Apr 2016   Kuwait

Kuwaiti oil sector employees sit in a shaded area on the first day of an official strike called by the Oil and Petrochemical Industries Workers Union over public sector pay reforms, in Ahmadi, Kuwait April 17, 2016. Kuwait plans to boost crude oil production back to normal levels, despite an open-ended strike by Kuwaiti oil workers, an official from state refiner Kuwait National Petroleum Co (KNPC) was quoted as saying on Monday. The Kuwaiti government has said it would take legal action against what it said were instigators of a strike by thousands of workers over planned public sector reforms which labor unions say will affect workers’ benefits. Khaled al-Asousi, KNPC’s deputy chief executive for support services, told Dubai-based al-Arabiya television that output was now 1.1 million barrels per day — the same as the first day of strike on Sunday — but would be back at normal levels […]

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