NLNG explains reviewed wage scale for seafarers

By Moses Ebosele – 
  Contrary to some media reports, there is no strike by Seafarers or any other employees within Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) and its subsidiaries.
   NLNG in a statement on Sunday also explained that the reviewed manning levels and wage scale for Officers on BGT Vessels is in line with the depressed global market situation.
  Besides 60% reduction in its revenues, the company said global oil price have dropped from $140 to about $40 per barrel.
  The statement issued by NLNG General Manager (External Relations), Dr Kudo Eresia-Eke also confirmed that the reviewed manning levels and wage scale will become effective onSeptember 1, 2016.
 Emphasising that the decision was taken in good faith, Dr Eresia-Eke said: “This action is in line with the depressed global market situation, and consistent with prevailing industry rates – and has been taken in the interest of the sustainability of the business”.
 Part of the statement read: “In reality, the reviewed wage scale cannot be said to be a salary reduction as claimed. The fact is that company has simply adjusted and aligned wages with internationally obtainable benchmarks.
“For example, our Nigerian officers’ dollar denominated wages upon conversion at existing rates far exceed wages for their peers who are paid in naira.
“This decision has been taken in absolute good faith, in response to a more than 60% reduction in company revenues and global oil price, which have dropped from $140 to about $40 per barrel.
“Several BGT vessels have already been laid up while many more areas of reduction are being explored. This is  consistent with the national oil company guideline for relevant industry operators to reduce OPEX costs by  40%.
“These actions are also taken to minimise need for staff layoffs or retrenchment, as has been the case in several companies in the industry in response to the steep decline in revenue.
“Other conditions of Service of all NSML personnel including leave days will remain the same. Leave emoluments also earned in line with current wage scales will be unaffected.
“Management has already communicated these developments to staff and shall continue to engage them during the implementation process and appeals for the continuing understanding and cooperation of all parties”.
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