A major Nigerian oil labour union on Wednesday said a strike had commenced involving its members as well as fuel retail personnel.

According to Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) zonal Chairman Cogent Ojobo, some 10,000 had gone on strike for a period of three days. “Filling stations, petrol tankers and all NUPENG members are involved,” he said.

In the meantime, NUPENG will engage in talks with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity. “If the issues at stake are resolved and a communique signed, the strike would be called off,” Ojobo also said.

Unions have been angered by the sacking of workers in recent months. In Mid-December, Union protests at ExxonMobil’s Nigerian headquarters forced the local subsidiary of the US major to temporarily shut down the premises.

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