The labor strike began on April 16 on the semisubmersible M.G. Hulme, Jr. and on April 19 on the semisubmersible rig Sedco 709 and the jackup rigs Trident VI and Trident VIII by the local members of NUPENG. The strike was allegedly called to protest disciplinary proceedings against certain personnel belonging to NUPENG. At this time the company cannot estimate the possible length of the strike or its financial impact.
President Olusegun Obasanjo has called for talks on Friday to try to end a strike by Nigerian oil workers, who have seized four offshore rigs. Joseph Akinlaja, secretary general of blue-collar oil union NUPENG said Obasanjo asked Nigeria's main labor union, the NLC, to call the meeting between strikers and rig owners Transocean. The strikers want reinstatement for five union officials who were disciplined by Transocean.
Nigerian naval chiefs have been holding crisis talks in the region's main city of Port Harcourt since Wednesday. The flag officer of the regional command, Commodore Ganiyu Adekeye, said the navy was monitoring the situation. "We are assured that everybody is safe," he said. "We have been monitoring to ensure that things don't really go bad, including the safety of the expatriates."
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