23 January 2013

Tunisia: Two Oilfields in Tataouine Sahara Closed By Canadian Company

Tataouine — The decision of the Canadian "Winstar Tunisia BV" company to close two oilfields in Chouch Sayda and Sanghar zones has provoked a reaction of appeal of the Regional Labour Union (URT) in Tataouine.

In this connection, URT held an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday afternoon after which a statement was published, a copy of which was received by TAP news agency, underlining that the union considers that this closure is in contradiction with the objectives of the Revolution and with the expectations of the inhabitants of the region.

Besides, URT calls for the "support of all the parties in the fight against this hegemony of the oil companies and their indifference towards a region that they have exploited the riches for several years."

Rafik Hamza, first executive of this company, installed for 13 years, underlined that "the two oilfields have not been closed, but the workers have been temporarily evacuated." He added that "a press statement will be published later to explain the circumstances of this operation."

The company which employs 45 workers and technicians, exploits 12 oil wells in the Tataouine Sahara.

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