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YENAGOA, Nigeria May 12 A Nigerian oil labour
union and Exxon Mobil Corp plan to meet with government
officials in an effort to end a strike over the sacking of
workers, a union and government official said on Friday.
Workers at Exxon Mobil went on strike this week to protest
against the sacking of 150 staff in December. Nigerian labour
unions have held a number of similar strikes in the past few
"There are arrangements for both parties to meet early next
week with the federal government," said Chika Onuegbu, who
chairs the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of
Nigeria (PENGASSAN) in the oil-producing Rivers State.
He said the strike was continuing.
A government official said the labour minister would convene
a meeting to resolve the conflict, without giving detials.
A spokesman for Exxon Mobil declined to comment on the
possibility of a meeting with the government, adding that the
strike had "no impacts" on oil production.
"We respect the rights of our workforce and will continue to
engage with them to resolve this situation, but remain committed
to the safety of our personnel and security of our facilities,"
Government officials were not immediately available.
Strikes by Exxon workers in Nigeria at the end of 2016 did
affect oil output, leading to weeks-long loading delays.
(Reporting by Tife Owolabi; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by
David Evans, Greg Mahlich)