Exploration & Production

Argentina’s new deal causes union bluster

Buenos Aires is seeking to relax strict health and safety rules for drillers in Vaca Muerta, but the country’s unions are not happy Buenos Aires is seeking to relax strict health and safety rules for drillers in Vaca Muerta, but the country’s unions are not happy.
By Chris Noon 23 March 2017 0 25179
Former Neuquén Governor Jorge Sapag (right). Plans for the province have met resistance. (Govt of Neuquén)

Argentina’s government had hoped a collective agreement struck in January with producers, unions and Neuquén authorities would be a pivotal moment for the Vaca Muerta shale play. However, the deal appears to have caused a rift between Argentina’s private oil and gas union and the country’s general labour organisations.

The agreement will have only negative effects for Argentine oil and gas workers, Carlos Quintriqueo, a Neuquén-based union representative, told Interfax Natural Gas Daily on Tuesday.

"Workers will only receive changes [to conditions], layoffs and...