Nigerian oil union orders sympathy strikes at upstream companies

Senior Nigerian oil workers’ union Pengassan has told its members to withdraw their services from offices and oil production facilities operated by upstream companies in Nigeria, in sympathy with striking employees of the local subsidiary of ExxonMobil, union and industry source said Monday.
The union directive, which threatens Nigeria’s bid to restore production back to over 2 million b/d, followed a failed attempt by the Nigerian government to mediate in the two week-old dispute between the Pengassan union branch of ExxonMobil and the management of the US major, over the sacking of more than 80 workers, a union official said.
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