Africa Oil & Gas: Nigerian Oil Union Threatens Nationwide Strike

Nigeria oil workersABUJA, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), one of the country’s two main oil unions, threatened on Thursday to stage a nationwide strike from Dec. 15 over a “mass sacking of workers”.

The union said in a statement that it disputed the treatment of its workers by domestic oil and gas companies and marginal field operators. There had been “an apparent failure of relevant authorities of government to call to order these recalcitrant organisations,” it said.

If the government fails to force the management of those companies to recall union members who had been laid off, PENGASSAN workers would go on strike, the union said.

(Reporting by Camillus Eboh; Additional reporting by Libby George in London; Writing by Paul Carsten; Editing by Susan Fenton)

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