17 thoughts on “While BP destroys Louisiana, ExxonMobil destroys Nigeria

  1. Mobil oil managers strike in Nigeria

    Management staff working for Exxon Mobil in Nigeria, members of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), began strike action last week protesting the sacking of around 80 of their colleagues.

    An Exxon company spokesman confirmed the action was taking place and that administrative operations in Eket, Lagos and Port Harcout had been halted as a result of the action, but that oil production had not been affected. Some of the senior staff had unsuccessfully attempted to blockade an oil export terminal at Qua Iboe.

    Jude Nwaogu, spokesman for the union, explained that 66 Nigerian senior employees working offshore and 18 in offices had been sacked and replaced by expatriates. As well as protesting the sackings, the union is protesting other alleged anti-labour practices.



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  12. Senior staff strike threat over Nigerian oil operators “out of control employers”

    Oil workers are threatening to strike in Nigeria’s oilfields. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has given a list of internationally renowned oil companies, including Exxon-Mobil, Petrobras and Hughes-General Electric, 21 days to resolve issues such as casual employment, poor work conditions and redundancies.

    The union addressed its strike threat to “stakeholders,” without saying it includes the government, which is the arbiter on the conditions oil workers’ labour. PENGASSAN has previously threatened to strike while demanding the government act against the “out of control” employers, but it has refused to do so.

    NUPENG, the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers union, a sister union to PENGASSAN, are also threatening to strike over an unpaid redundancy settlement. NUPENG accuses Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) of withholding redundancy payments to 300 laid-off oil workers. AMCON, which was set up by the Nigerian government to bail out banks in response to the 2008 global financial collapse, is responsible for settling the debts of Seawolf Oilfield Services whose Nigerian operation collapsed.



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