Striking Nigerian Workers Resume Posts on Monday

The PENGASSAN union workers have ended their six-day strike. According to a DPR spokesperson the branch leadership will brief its members on the outcome of the Abuja talks before they return to work. The meeting is scheduled for Friday so workers are expected to return to work on Monday. Oil majors said the walkout by PENGASSAN and its blue-collar sister union, NUPENG, did not disrupt loadings at their five terminals. The replacement staff had taken over the duties of the strikers who monitor quality and volume of exports.

The talks produced a compromise deal on the unions' key demand for the autonomy of the DPR, a regulatory agency, and agreed that representatives of the two unions be brought into a policy oil and gas adhoc committee in the office of the Presidential Adviser on Petroleum, Rilwanu Lukman. On Wednesday a deal was reached between DPR's management and union leaders in Lagos on pay issues.