OIL/MINING

In the oil/mining sector, COVID-19 leads to difficulties. In order to prevent contamination, workers are expected to stay longer around the mines/platforms, while the conditions and facilities for this are often not optimal. 

  • July 3 - A mining company in Chile has monopolised a large quantity of water to be used in the fight against COVID-19. Communities around the mining company therefore have (too) little water to live on.  
  • May 3 - Continuation of mining activities in Peru during the outbreak of COVID-19 leads to unrest among local residents. They fear that contamination among miners will eventually reach them. This has led to a collision between local residents and mine workers.
  • April 13 - A mining company in Zimbabwe, fearing COVID-19 workers, has been holding around a mine for three days in inadequate conditions. Employees who wanted to see relatives in the meantime were suspended without clear return agreements. 
  • March 11 - Employees working on offshore oil platforms in Azerbaijan, due to the threat of COVID-19, have to stay for more than one month instead of the usual two weeks to reduce the risk of contamination on the platform. The workers have to work twice as long a day and because they are away from home for a longer period of time, they experience a heavy psychological burden.