Thursday, January 12, 2017
Video - Nigeria oil union suspends 3 day strike over job cuts at oil companies
Nigeria's National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers called off its three-day nationwide warning strike on Wednesday at a meeting with Nigeria's Minister of Labour and Employment.
The oil union had announced on Tuesday that they would begin a nationwide shutdown of gas stations, fuel depots and loading bays, over job cuts at oil companies, including local units of Chevron and Exxon Mobil.
Union officials now say that every issue raised has been addressed. Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, urged all oil companies that entered into the collective agreement to ensure its implementation.
Nigeria's oil unions have protested against job cuts by oil companies in recent weeks. They suspended a plan to strike just last week at a lubricant facility operated by Total's local unit, after reaching an agreement with the company. The minister gave the oil companies two weeks to resolve all outstanding issues.