PENGASSAN Calls Off Nigerian Oil Field Strike, Temporarily

The Petroleum & Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), a trade union established to support Nigerian workers in the oil and gas industry, has called off Wednesday's planned strike.

The "mouthpiece of the Nigerian masses," as the organization refers to itself on its web site, called for the strike because of a labor dispute with an ExxonMobil subsidiary.

Local news reports claim that PENGASSAN has held off on staging the strike until possibly next week. Senior members of the organization are involved in discussions with Nigeria's government, which may lead to the circumvention of a strike.

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