National Leaders Avert Union Strike at Nigeria Agip

LAGOS, Oct 29, 2006 (Dow Jones Newswires)

A timely intervention by the national leadership of Nigeria's senior oil employees union Monday averted a shutdown of operations at Nigeria Agip Oil Co., a unit of the Eni (E) group, an official of the union has said.

Members of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, or Pengassan, Agip branch, had threatened to shut down operations in protest over "preferential treatment," Peter Esele, the national president said.

"This afternoon they were about shutting down production, but I intervened," Esele told Dow Jones Newswires late Monday.

A director of the company who spoke to Dow Jones Newswires confirmed there had been no shutdown of operations, but volunteered no further information on the dispute.

Esele said a negotiation between the management and officials of Pengassan had been scheduled for Tuesday, and that future actions by the union would depend on the outcome of the meeting.

"I instructed them that while the negotiations are going on, all actions should be suspended," Esele said.

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