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Schlumberger is slashing its global workforce, but workers in 1 country say the company is taking advantage of weak labor laws to stiff them of fair severance

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Schlumberger, a global oilfield services company, is cutting 21,000 jobs in response to the energy-market collapse.
Workers in Ivory Coast, a West African nation, say the company didn't pay them fair severance when they were laid off this summer.
The workers said the company is taking advantage of weak labor laws and unions to cut costs, a tactic used widely by multinational corporations, according to a labor expert.
Ivory Coast has poor protections for workers, according to a labor advocacy organization.
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