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Oil workers strike over ‘unfair’ practices

01 July 2013, 09:00 Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - Oil workers in Nigeria are on a three-day strike against alleged unfair labour practices by multinational companies dominating the sector.

Among the companies affected by the industrial action are Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Chevron Nigeria Limited and Agip Oil Company.

The workers under the umbrella of Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) had last month issued a notice to government and stakeholders of the impending strike warning that the union members would protest if the unfair labour practices by oil multinationals in the country were not addressed.

The union is also protesting the poor state of Nigerian roads.

It warned if government and stakeholders failed to address its grievances after the strike, it would declare indefinite industrial action.

More than 90 percent of Nigerians working in the petroleum industry are currently contracted, casual or outsourced.

They argue conditions of work do not commensurate with industry standards and best global practices.

The workers remain without job security and terminal benefits, among other privileges.

- CAJ News


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