protestBloomberg reports that contractors at Astron Energy’s Cape Town refinery, owned by Glencore, are protesting over pay as the company pursues a turnaround at the plant.

Astron indicated in a reply to questions that an annual maintenance shutdown has been under way at the refinery, where workers employed by contractors that provide services are in a wage dispute with their employers.  The main grievance raised by the workers apparently relates to varying pay rates being paid by different contractors.  Astron is “currently meeting employee representatives to get a better understanding of their grievances and to assist in resolving these matters. We look forward to engaging all parties to find a workable solution that helps us remain on schedule,” the company indicated.

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