Oil Firms Sack 3,000 Workers

Oil firms operating in Nigeria have sacked about 3,000
workers, a labour union official said on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 calling on the government
to file a protest with foreign oil operators.

“The government should call the multinationals to
order. They are sacking and closing shop,” Igwe Achese, president of the
National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas, told Reuters after a union
“So we want government to act. That’s why we have given
a 21-day ultimatum,” he said. “We believe government would act. 
they don’t, when we get to the bridge, that is at the expiration of the
ultimatum, we will cross it. 
“I don’t want to use the word ‘strike’ now.”
Nigeria’s Premium Times said on its website that Exxon
Mobil, Chevron, Pan Ocean and Saipem were among the firms that had dismissed
oil workers.
Chevron had no immediate comment, while the Premium Times
said Exxon Mobil had not responded to a request for information.
The oil industry has been hit by low crude prices and a wave
of militant attacks in Nigeria’s oil hub, 
the Niger Delta. 
Several foreign
firms have evacuated expatriate staff from the southern region due to the
violence or scaled back activities.

Nigeria pumps around 1.9 million barrels a day, the Oil
Ministry said in a tweet on Monday, October 24, 2016. 
That is less than the 2.2 million bpd at
the start of the year but better than the 1 million bpd reported a few months
ago because of militant attacks.


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