A Nigerian oil labour union has begun a nationwide strike involving petrol filling stations and tankers in a protest over job losses, a union official said on Wednesday.
Cogent Ojobo, Warri zonal chairman of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), said the industrial action had started.
Ojobo said union officials would hold talks with the labour minister in the capital, Abuja, later on Wednesday. “If the issues at stake are resolved and a communique signed, the strike would be called off,” he said.
Nigerian labour unions have criticised oil companies for sacking workers in the last few months.
Last week NUPENG held a strike at Total’s fuel depots in a protest over sackings, but it was suspended after one day after an agreement was reached. No details have emerged about the deal.
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