Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The giant energy company from the United States (US), namely Chevron, is threatened with stopping its production at two liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants in Australia. This follows plans for a work strike by employees if mediation with the company regarding salary and others does not produce results.
Australia itself is one of the world’s largest LNG exporters and the Gorgon and Wheatstone projects account for more than 5% of global LNG capacity. The dispute has fueled volatility in the natural gas market and is feared to result in long-term disruption.
Chevron confirmed that its offer had been rejected minutes after the Offshore Alliance (OA), a coalition of two unions, said staff at Chevron’s Gorgon LNG facility and the downstream Wheatstone LNG facility in Western Australia had almost turned down a majority. the deal.
“The vote is part of the bidding process and an important step in allowing employees to share their views,” Chevron said in a statement.
A senior figure in Fair Work Commissiona labor relations court in Australia plans to fly to Perth for five days of talks between the parties, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Chevron told Reuters it had filed a mediation request on Friday. However, the company did not provide further comment.
Meanwhile, in the absence of an agreement workers can shutdown equipment for up to 11 hours and stop performing certain tasks until at least September 14 under the alliance’s current plan.
“The results of the vote show that they (Chevron) are not in contact with OA members and do not listen to a word spoken in their discussions with members,” the union alliance said in a post on Facebook on Friday.
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