Nigeria's PENGASSAN Threatens to Strike

The white-collar senior oil workers union, PENGASSAN, said it would strike beginning on February 14th if it does not receive any response from the government over its demands for wage increases and better working conditions. The union said its branch in the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) had decided to shut down Nigeria's oil export terminals from Friday if the government failed to resolve a lingering dispute, according to the secretary-general, Kenneth Narebor. A formal letter was sent on Monday to Labor Minister Musa Gwadabe alerting him to the ultimatum.

PENGASSAN chapter members and the DPR management met on Monday but the talks ended in deadlock. PENGASSAN has not said how long any eventual stoppage would last, saying this was a strategic decision it would not reveal.