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Japanese company, MODEC, fires striking Ghanaian workers

'MODEC sacks striking Ghanaian FPSO workers', 11 Nov 2014:...MODEC, a...company working at Ghana’s...Jubilee oil field, has sacked all of the local workers who embarked on a strike...The local workers...[were] protest[ing] what they say is poor working conditions and remunerations. They claim MODEC pays expatriate workers better than the Ghanaian workers, whose salaries don’t even match industry standards...MODEC...described the strike as illegal claiming they were not given prior notice...Chairman of the Petroleum and Chemical Workers Union, Eric Ofori...said that about “98% of the Ghanaian workers have been issued with dismissal letters with immediate effect.”...According to...workers, they receive an average of Ghc2,500 (US$775) to Ghc3, 000 (US$931) a month while their expatriate counterparts take an average of about 5,000 to 10,000 dollars...“I see it as an insult...[that] they pay peanuts to qualified Ghanaians and...huge sums...to those who are not more qualified than us...Ghanaians [are] stand[ing] up for their right of equality...” he [said]...