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Nigeria Oil Workers Strike Over Working Conditions

Screen Shot 2013-02-15 at 09.15.38Labour unions are angry at the alleged inhumane treatment of colleagues by three oil companies. Oil workers in Nigeria yesterday, July 3, 2013, ended a three-day warning strike over alleged poor working conditions for Nigerian staff in Agip, Chevron and Shell…

By Kimeng Hilton Ndukong, 3 July 2013

Labour unions are angry at the alleged inhumane treatment of colleagues by three oil companies.

Oil workers in Nigeria yesterday, July 3, 2013, ended a three-day warning strike over alleged poor working conditions for Nigerian staff in Agip, Chevron and Shell oil companies and the non-implementation of a collective bargaining agreement with petroleum tanker drivers, Thisday newspaper reported.

An emergency meeting on Monday, July 1, 2013 between the Federal government, the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and three oil companies, ended in deadlock. NUPENG had earlier on Monday directed all its members at the depots of the concerned oil companies to stop loading petroleum products for three days to protest their treatment by management. The strike was also called to protest the refusal by the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) to implement the signed collective bargaining agreement with petroleum tanker drivers.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reported that there was obstruction of traffic in some areas of the commercial capital, Lagos on Tuesday with long queues of motorists forming at filling stations. In Kaduna in the north, transport fares and the cost of petrol went up, with filling stations remaining shut for the second day running on Tuesday. A gallon of petrol sold for 700 Naira (about FCFA 2,211) as against 500 Naira (about FCFA 1,580).

Meanwhile, 1,653 suspects were arrested and 3,778 illegal refineries destroyed in the last one year in the anti-illegal bunkering campaign by the Joint Military Task Force in the Niger Delta. The Guardian newspaper cited the Minister of State for Defence, Dr Olusola Obada, as saying that 120 barges, 878 ‘Cotonou’ boats, 161 tanker trucks, 178 illegal fuel dumps and 5,238 surface tanks were also destroyed within the same period.

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