Oil Workers In Nigeria Set to Strike Again

Oil workers in Nigeria have begun a campaign to build up public support for their planned two-day warning strike to be launched on September 23rd. The are protesting the planned sale of national oil company NNPC.

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) called the symbolic strike for Monday and Tuesday at the expiration of its ultimatum to the central government to rescind plans to sell NNPC. The union had also requested government to intervene in its long-standing dispute with ChevronTexaco. That ultimatum expired earlier this month.

PENGASSAN posted the following announcement in the national newspapers: "Oil is Nigeria's major source of income. Stop the government from putting Nigeria's destiny in the hands of a few individuals through (the) privatisation of NNPC,"

Earlier this month, the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) said its members would join the strike because the issues involved in the dispute are sector problems which cut across the two unions. PENGASSAN and NUPENG said the strike would give government and ChevronTexaco another opportunity to resolve the series of disputes with the unions.