Seattle Post Intelligencer: Nigerian white-collar oil workers strike: “Royal/Dutch Shell, representing nearly half of the country's 2.5 million barrels of daily exports, said its petroleum flowed unabated out of Nigeria.” (ShellNews.net) 21 Dec 04
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LAGOS, Nigeria -- White-collar workers in the government oil industry ministry went on strike Tuesday, but the largest petroleum company said its exports were unaffected.
Labor representative Mohammed Bulama-Saidu said workers in the Department of Petroleum Resources, including those in oil-export terminals, walked off their jobs to demand better pay and benefits.
Royal/Dutch Shell, representing nearly half of the country's 2.5 million barrels of daily exports, said its petroleum flowed unabated out of Nigeria.
Many of the union's government field workers inspect the loading of petroleum for shipment.
The labor group known as Pengassan represents white-collar petroleum-industry workers, but Tuesday's walkout was reserved for its members inside the Nigerian government.
Africa's leading oil producer, Nigeria is the world's seventh-largest exporter and the fifth-leading source of U.S. oil imports.