Nigeria’s government officials held talks with leaders of Nigerian trade union, who are on strike, in efforts to resolve the existing disputes, Reuters announced.
Around 10,000 Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) members, including refinery workers and office staff, have launched a strike over issues the union said were “critical to the survival of the oil and gas industry in the country.” Workers from other trade unions such as Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) are not involved.
Even though there have not been fuel shortages so far, the strike has raised fears these may occur in the OPEC member country, according to The Washington Post. Meanwhile, Nigerian Oil Ministry stated that the six-hour talks at the National Petroleum Corporation’s headquarters with union leaders were fruitful, while PENGASSAN president said that there has been a solid engagement.
Following the successful meeting, AllAfrica reported that PENGASSAN is likely to call off the strike as the talks addressed most of the issues raised by the strikers.
Meanwhile, Nigeria has been in continual conflicts with militants blowing up state-owned pipelines, which forced the government to shut them off to contain gas leaks.