Nigeria to mediate between union, Exxon to end strike

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YENAGOA, Nigeria May 12 – A Nigerian oil labour union and Exxon Mobil Corp plan to meet with government officials in an effort to end a strike over the sacking of workers, a union and government official said on Friday.

Workers at Exxon Mobil went on strike this week to protest against the sacking of 150 staff in December. Nigerian labour unions have held a number of similar strikes in the past few months.

“There are arrangements for both parties to meet early next week with the federal government,” said Chika Onuegbu, who chairs the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) in the oil-producing Rivers State.

He said the strike was continuing.

A government official said the labour minister would convene a meeting to resolve the conflict, without giving detials.

A spokesman for Exxon Mobil declined to comment on the possibility of a meeting with the government, adding that the strike had “no impacts” on oil production.

“We respect the rights of our workforce and will continue to engage with them to resolve this situation, but remain committed to the safety of our personnel and security of our facilities,” he said.

Government officials were not immediately available.

Strikes by Exxon workers in Nigeria at the end of 2016 did affect oil output, leading to weeks-long loading delays.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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