Azerbaijan: Oil workers’ rights abuses include non-payment of wages, discrimination, lack of union rights, health & safety violations, says NGO report; includes firms comments

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2 February 2016

EnerMech did not respond

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2 February 2016

Global Energy Azerbaijan did not respond

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2 February 2016

Intertek response

Author: Intertek

...OWRO infers that Intertek Azeri, the Group’s business unit in Azerbaijan, has made a significant proportion of its workforce redundant and in some cases employees were forced to write their own letters of termination. OWRO’s statements in regards to Intertek Azeri and its treatment of its workforce are wholly inaccurate and misleading. The Group has not implemented any significant number, or any programme, of redundancies in Azerbaijan and currently has no plans to conduct any significant redundancies. Intertek is committed to high standards of professional conduct, and to ethical and fair business dealings with its employees, stakeholders, and third parties.

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2 February 2016

Maersk Drilling response

Author: Maersk Drilling

In Maersk Drilling, we respect human rights throughout our activities and in line with our values and commitments. In every country, where we operate, whether high or low risk, conflict-affected or not, our goal is to ensure that we do not impact negatively on human rights. In Azerbaijan, where Maersk Drilling has one semi-submersible rig working since 2011, we follow the local labor law and good conduct principles, and all employees have the right to organize in local unions.

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Swift Worldwide Resources response

Author: Swift Worldwide Resources

We employ people in Azerbaijan in full accordance with the Azerbaijani labour code. We are aware of the claims relating to Swift Engineering in Azerbaijan and the court decision is currently under appeal. We are working under the advice of our lawyers and have acted in full compliance with the Azerbaijani labour law.

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