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Bloomberg: Shell Gabon Says Strike Continues After Talks With Union Fail

By Clare Spencer

March 27 (Bloomberg) — Talks aimed at ending a strike by Shell Gabon workers demanding better working hours and changes to management have failed, said Roger Ralanga, the company’s spokesman.

“The strike is continuing,” Ralanga said in a telephone interview today in the capital, Libreville.

Hans Bakker, the managing director of Shell Gabon, held talks with representatives of the National Organization of Oil Workers until the early hours of this morning in a bid to resolve the dispute, Ralanga said earlier.

Shell Gabon is a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest oil company, and Gabon’s government, which owns 25 percent of the company. Workers began a strike on March 19 and production of 60,000 barrels of oil a day was halted a day later, Bakker said in an interview yesterday. An additional 30,000 barrels of oil exported through Shell’s facilities by Total Gabon and Perenco have also been stopped, he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Clare Spencer in Libreville via Johannesburg at [email protected].

Last Updated: March 27, 2008 08:33 EDT

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