PENGASSAN and the DPR Agree to Meet Wednesday
Tuesday, February 18, 2003
A meeting has been called by the Department of Petroleum Resources in hopes of settling the strike by the white-collar Nigerian oil workers union, PENGASSAN. DPR's management called talks with strike leaders for Tuesday, but union and government officials said the meeting had been shifted to Wednesday. The meeting had originally been scheduled to take place on Tuesday; however, a move to Wednesday will ensure that everyone involved will be able to attend. The union is protesting over wages and working conditions. Blue-collar DPR workers on Tuesday joined the strike over pay and conditions, in sympathy with their PENGASSAN colleagues, but their work at export terminals is not critical.
The DPR has provide management staff to replace the striking workers and the major oil companies say exports continue without any major problems.