Chevron, Union Working To Resolve Strike Action In Nigeria

Obafemi Oredein
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

IBADAN, Nigeria (Dow Jones)--Chevron Nigeria Ltd. said Tuesday that it is working with the leadership of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas in Nigeria Workers to resolve the current strike action against its contractor.

Union officials began the dispute with Chevron about two weeks ago, following the alleged sacking of elected union officials at Logistics and Facilities Affairs Ltd., or LFA, a Chevron contractor. "Chevron Nigeria Limited, operator of the NNPC/Chevron Joint Venture, confirms that it is engaging with the leadership of Nupeng and the management of LFA, our contractor, over the lingering strike action of their work force," said Femi Odumabo, Chevron's general manager, government and public affairs, in a statement.

Chevron was aware of media reports of alleged plans by the union in the southwest zone of Nigeria to join the strike, he said, adding "we appeal to all parties to use their good judgment to not cause untold hardship to Nigerians under any guise." Odumabo said the federal ministry of labor, in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital, has intervened in the dispute, and Chevron is backing efforts by the agencies to resolve the matter between the union and the LFA management.

Media reports in Nigeria said Tuesday there was an imminent scarcity of fuel across the country as the union on Monday directed its members in the Lagos area to begin an indefinite strike on Wednesday over a dispute with Chevron Nigeria Ltd. The independent Vanguard newspaper said the decision to strike was reached Monday by Nupeng leaders of Lagos zone, which comprises the southwest states of Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Ekiti, Ondo and Osun.

The paper quoted Tokunbo Korodo, chairman of Lagos zone of Nupeng, as saying that the strike will be an indefinite one until Chevron recalls the sacked workers because "it was the management of Chevron that induced LFA to sack them." -By Obafemi Oredein, Dow Jones Newswires; 234 2 7510489

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