ABUJA, July 7 (Reuters) – A Nigerian trade union representing oil workers said it had begun a strike on Thursday, but added that the effect of its industrial action would not be felt for some time because it started on a public holiday.
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) said 10,000 of its members, who include refinery workers and office staff, had begun a “gradual withdrawal” from “offices, sites and production facilities”.
In a statement, the union said it was responding to issues that were “critical to the survival of the oil and gas industry in the country” including joint venture funding and cash call arrears, which it said had stalled the creation of new jobs.
Cash calls are the government’s financial obligations to joint venture projects between state oil firm NNPC and international and local oil companies.
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