Ministry of Petroleum, oil companies reach an agreement on a unified human resources policy
The Ministry of Petroleum and oil corporations have agreed to develop a uniform human resources policy document for oil industry employees.
Over the last year, nationalities working in the oil industry have fought with oil corporations over improving their working conditions and implementing a new human resource strategy.
Last year, the Minister of Petroleum issued an order to all oil businesses to execute the new policy and the 2019 local content standard.
The Ministry and oil corporations were instructed by the Council of Ministers to adopt the unified human resources policy handbook for oil sector personnel with immediate effect.
When the policy was initially established, it was supposed to go into effect on December 21, 2020.
The policy’s implementation did not go into force right away for unknown reasons.
The Ministry of Petroleum and the oil firms signed a pact yesterday to put the new Human Resource Policy into effect.
Minister Puot Kang, speaking following the signing of the contract, urged oil industry personnel to work together with their overseas counterparts to improve oil output.
“We are calling on our people, especially those of you who work in the oil industry, to recognize that this is a fresh beginning and that we must go forward as one oil sector family,” Minister Kang stated.
“Since December 2020, the implementation of the unified Human Resource Policy Manual has split us, but now we have decided that it must begin on January 1, 2021.”
“I don’t think there is a loser here; we are all winners, and because we are all winners, we must now strive to ensure that we enhance output.”
“One of the partners previously indicated that prices are rising, and as a nation, we have the chance to work together to ensure that we raise output so that the people of South Sudan and the partners benefit.”
Kang urged citizens working in the oil industry to mend fences with their international counterparts and make a fresh start.
“My motivation for being here today is to speak to those of you in the three Joint Operating Companies’ offices and those of you in the field who do not see your foreign colleagues as enemies but as friends,” Kang stated.
“You need to normalize your connection, get back to working together and thinking like brothers, especially for those of you who are in the field and those of you who are in the offices.” Let’s start again with a fresh page and chapter.”
For expatriates and secondees, the Human Resource Policy asks for a decrease in the cost of flight tickets, lodging, visas, and group life insurance.
It also mandates the unification of compensation structures for both native and foreign employees.
It also indicated that the joint operating companies’ wage structures will be evaluated and notified to them.
DPOC, GPOC, and SPOC are the Joint Operating Companies.