"We declare our first goal to be for every person to be dynamically involved in the process of freeing himself or herself from every form of domination or oppression so that each man or woman will have the opportunity to develop as a whole person in relationship with others".

- Papua New Guinea National Goals and Directive Principles

Sunday, 17 October 2010

LNG in the News: The Post-Courier is at it Again

The Post-Courier it would appear are prepared to publish corporate public relations spin, check out Friday's Post-Courier:

Esso promotes local staff

PNG LNG project’s employees are its most valuable resource and are at the core of Esso Highlands achievements the project developer said in a statement.

Esso said it had invested in the safety, health, development, and training of its workforce to ensure that it attracted and retained staff.
“Recruiting and training Papua New Guinean citizens is a key priority for the PNG LNG project.
“There are currently 2,300 Papua New Guinean citizens employed on project construction activities, representing approximately 80 percent of the project’s total construction workforce.
“Workers have been sourced from across the project region including Gobe, Kopi, Kantobo, Hides, Komo, Moro and the LNG plant site areas, as well as other areas of Papua New Guinea such as Port Moresby, Mendi and Lae,” the company said in a statement.
The project seeks to create an environment of open communication with our employees through employee forums.

LNG WATCH COMMENT ONE: So why does PR spin get published as news? Funding cuts at the Post-Courier? Editorial pressure on journalists to be corporate friendly?

LNG WATCH COMMENT TWO: It would be interesting to know how unions and NGOs in other developing countries rate Exxon Mobil's labour practices?

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