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New crisis seen in KGOC

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KUWAIT CITY, July 19: In what appears to be a new crisis in Kuwait Gulf Oil Company (KGOC) after the appointment of a manager in one of its sectors, those who vied for the position and did not make it have submitted complaints to Chief Executive Officer of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) Sheikh Nawaf Al-Saud, reports Al-Rai daily. The complainants demanded for the formation of an impartial external investigation committee, citing the company’s refusal to take a decision on their grievances.

The daily obtained copies of the grievances, in which the complainants expressed dissatisfaction over what they consider an ambiguous and biased appointment process, and the supposed failure of the Selection Committee to meet with the candidates who were not appointed despite their long years of service in order to hear their views.

Meanwhile, sources pointed out that Sheikh Nawaf Al-Saud has been taking bold steps since his appointment; such as the withdrawal of a circular that violated his instructions to provide an appropriate work environment and ensure equal opportunities. Sources said this gave the employees courage to file grievances and demand for their rights. One of the complainants disclosed that “the personal interview overturned the results that were considered final.” He added his long years of experience in the oil sector – about 28 years including 13 years in managing teams – were not taken into consideration.