Nigerian oil workers’ union to shut ExxonMobil

Nigerian oil workers’ union to shut ExxonMobil

The disagreement between ExxonMobil Nigeria unit and its workers is not heading for a resolution anytime soon.

Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, the labour union for oil and gas workers has now called for a total shutdown of the company.

However, ExxonMobil officials told Reuters that the strike has not impacted its production operations.

Madubuezi Azubuike, the President of PENGASSAN told Reuters in in Rivers state, South-South Nigeria, that talks had broken down with the company over the sacking of staff at the company.

“We have called for the shutdown of all Mobil facilities across the Delta today. No resolution has been reached so far. We have had meetings with top management of the union and Mobil executives, but with no avail over issues,” he said.

Earlier this week, PENGASSAN had mobilised staff at Chevron Corporation, Italy’s Eni local unit, Agip and Royal Dutch Shell to join the strike action in order to protest the sacking of workers at Exxon.

It would be recalled that Exxon had sackedĀ 150 workers in December 2016. PENGASSAN said about 82 of the total number are its members.