Nigerian oil workers call off planned strike

Nigerian oil workers call off planned strike Nairobi/Abuja  - Nigerian oil workers called off a strike planned for Wednesday after union leaders met government officials, union leaders said.

The unions were planning to strike in protest at worsening security in the oil-producing Niger Delta and also at plans to deregulate the downstream sector.

Both Nigerian and foreign oil workers have been the targets of kidnappings by criminal groups and militants who claim they are fighting for a share of oil wealth.

The attacks have cut oil production by up to a fifth.

Peter Akpatason, President of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Ga, said that the unions would sign a communique with the government on how to implement the deregulation. (dpa)

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