|Myanmar workers operating on the Thai oil rig in Myanmar waters are upset their wages are not on a par with the Thai counterparts. Zawtika rig. Photo: ZOMO|
Myanmar workers are preparing to protest over alleged discrimination by Thailand’s PTT Exploration and Production Company, according to the Zawtika Offshore Myanmar Organization or ZOMO on February 20.
Myanmar workers operating on a Thai PTT Exploration and Production oil and gas drilling platform off the coast of Myanmar have so far failed to come to an agreement with the company over a dispute over wages and conditions, according to a spokesman for the workers.
|PTTEP's Zawtika processing and living quarters platform used for gas drilling off the Myanmar coast. Photo: PTTEP|
Myanmar workers on a Thai joint-venture gas drilling platform allege they are unfairly discriminated against, receiving far lower salaries than their Thai counterparts.
|Yadana gas field pipelines in the Andaman Sea, Myanmar. Photo: PTTEP/EPA|
Foreign oil and gas companies are in Myanmar’s list of top taxpaying companies in the 2013-14 fiscal year, paying tax ranging from K4 billion [US$4 million] to K130 billion, according to statistics released by Myanmar’s Internal Revenue Department on December 22.
PTTEP’s Zawtika gas project due to start flowing
The offshore Zawtika project operated by Thai state-owned enterprise PTT Exploration and Production Public Company is due to begin supplying 100 million cubic feet of gas a day to Myanmar, said a PTTEP spokesperson.