Nigerian oil workers start nationwide strike

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Oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have resolved to suspend the planned nationwide strike.

The statement, signed by the National Public Relations Officer of the association, Comrade Fortune Obi, said the management of NECONDE offered letters of recall to the sacked employees of the company.

The suspension came after the intervention of the Director of Department of State Services (DSS), Lawan Daura, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu.

One of Nigeria's largest oil unions launched a nationwide strike on Monday over the laying off of its workers, its general secretary said.

The oil union and Neconde had been embroiled in a crisis over allegation of anti-worker practices by the firm.

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The union has clashed with Neconde Energy Limited over what it says is the wrongful termination of some of its members.

"It was further agreed that labour issues related with other oil and gas companies- CISCON and others were to be taken in the second week of January 2018".

In the same vein, the meeting also agreed to address alleged anti-union posture of other indigenous and multi-national oil companies, particularly their penchant to resort to abuse of court processes to stall the peaceful resolution of issues affecting workers' interests.

The strike action, scheduled to formally commence after 11:59p.m. today, followed the group's peace meeting on Sunday with Kachikwu, which ended in a deadlock.

The accused companies include Specialty Drilling Fluid, SDF; CETCO, Century Energy, Oil Data Services, Frontier Oil, Universal Energy, Fugro Oil and Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited.