Oil unions in Nigeria will talk with Chevron and government


Nigeria’s two main oil unions said they will hold talks with Chevron and government to address a labour dispute with the US oil major.

The talks come after unions threatened to go on nationwide strike over the dispute with Chevron, though that has not yet begun.

Chevron did not immediately respond to request for comment.

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) accuse Chevron of attempting to sack thousands of Nigerian workers, in violation of their contracts.
“The federal government through the Ministry of Labour are intervening,” said William Akporeha, NUPENG’s president, in a message. “We are meeting tomorrow,” he said.

PENGASSAN’s General Secretary, Lumumba Okugbawa, in a separate message, confirmed the talks.

Nigeria, an OPEC member, is Africa’s largest oil producer and its crude sales make up around two-thirds of government revenues in West Africa’s largest economy. The dilapidated state of its refineries means it imports most of its refined fuel.