Nigerian strike to be continued

Johannes Schneider Johannes.Schneider at gmx.net
Fri Jul 4 05:42:25 MDT 2003


While CNN is alreading celebrating an end of the Nigerian general strike
http://edition.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/africa/07/04/nigeria.strike.end/ (Note the
URL!)
this might be somewhat premature. Actually there are somewhat contradicting
news. While last night union leader Adams Oshiomhole expected a deal for
today (Friday) and announced a meeting of the NLC executive body for today,
this meeting now has been postponed until tomorrow (Saturday).
Meanwhile oil-worker union NUPENG said on Friday it had put on hold a
pullout of its members from oil export terminals and flow stations because
of progress in negotiations.

>From the BBC:
Nigeria fuel strike still on
Nigeria's fuel strike is continuing for a fifth day despite indications that
a deal between government and unions may be close.
Leaders of the umbrella Nigeria Labour Congress will not be meeting until
Saturday morning to discuss the government's response to its protests over
fuel price rises of more than 50% introduced last month.
Details of the government's offer have not been made public but sources say
a compromise is being sought to reduce the scale of the price hike.
The streets of the capital, Abuja and the biggest city, Lagos, remain quiet
on Friday, while shops and banks are closed. [...]
"The meeting of the national executive council planned for today [Friday]
has been rescheduled for tomorrow [Saturday] at 10:00 am. The strike
continues," NLC general secretary John Odah told the French news agency,
AFP.

Full:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3043472.stm

>From Reuters:
LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria's blue-collar NUPENG oil union said on Friday it
had put on hold a pullout of its members from oil export terminals and flow
stations because of progress in negotiations to end a general strike over
fuel prices.
The union had said it expected to complete the withdrawal on Thursday and
that the move would disrupt oil production and loadings from the world's
eighth biggest exporter. [...]
"We did not complete the withdrawal of our men because there is progress in
the negotiations," NUPENG president Peter Akpatason told Reuters. "The
process of withdrawing our men is now on hold until Monday," he said. But he
added that NUPENG was "optimistic" the strike over the government's doubling
of petrol prices would be resolved before then.

Full:
http://asia.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=3037543













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