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Nigerian oil unions start a strike

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 16/12/2014 (12:59)
According to media sources, Nigeria’ oil unions started a strike this Monday for an indefinite time. However, despite the strike, production from Africa’s biggest oil producer is not expected to be affected.

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers are protesting against the government’s inefficiency in maintaining national refineries’ effectiveness. Plus, unions are highlighting the fact that the government has failed to reduce subsidized fuel prices to consumers even though oil prices are steadily declining.

Oil unions claim that the strike will affect the oil production since all operations are on strike. However, an industry source remarked that the strike is not expected to affect Nigeria’s output since shutting all production sites is a very extreme move and it requires greater unity among the workers than the unions have traditionally been able to maintain.

A previous strike, which occurred in September, had only caused a small disruption in Nigeria’s oil distribution. Only Ghana’s natural gas supplies were affected briefly, but the country did not feel any shortages.
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