Ghanaian workers at Italian-owned oil company, ENI unhappy over unequal pay

ENI Ghana
  • A survey conducted by MEIR Global has shown that the working conditions of staff of ENI is below industry level.
  • The survey revealed that ENI is paying its workers between 19.4 and 36.6 percent less for the same work done among its peers. 
  • The workers have therefore called on their employers to pay them what is due them.

The Ghanaian workers at an Italian oil and gas company operating in the country, ENI have expressed displeasure over what they describe as the unequal pay structure at the company.

According to the staff of ENI, their working conditions are below industry levels and therefore such discrepancies must be fixed.

The workers are agitating especially after an industry survey on the conditions of service of workers at ENI by MEIR Global was conducted.

The survey found that ENI is paying its workers between 19.4 and 36.6 percent less for the same work done among its peers. 

Another revelation is that the median annual salary for a category one worker at ENI is GH¢47,760 compared to GH¢59,258 annually, for the industry.

Meanwhile, the median annual salary for a category 7 worker at ENI is GH¢201, 579 compared to GH¢317,950 for the industry.

The survey indicated that there was a need for ENI to adjust its base salary.

The aggrieved workers after knowing this have petitioned the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum Commission for their intervention.

Ghana’s petroleum laws are very keen on local content participation. The government ensures that the oil companies comply with the laws through monitoring by its agencies like the Petroleum Commission.

There have been at least five successive meetings since October 14 to resolve the issue but that is yet to conclude positively. The management of ENI is aware of the development and has started negotiating with the workers on the matter.

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