* Walkout comes in protest over job losses
* Strike hits filling stations, petrol tankers
* More talks scheduled for Jan. 24, minister says
(Adds crude flow strike suspension)
By Paul Carsten and Alexis Akwagyiram
ABUJA, Jan 11 A Nigerian oil labour union has
suspended a nationwide three-day strike over job losses that hit
petrol stations and oil tankers, following talks with the
government on Wednesday.
The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers
(NUPENG) is one of several labour unions that have criticised
oil companies for sacking workers in the last few months.
Nigeria has been hit hard by a slump in crude oil prices in
the past two years, which helped to push the country into
recession. A wave of militant attacks in the southern Niger
Delta oil hub throughout 2016 has hampered production.
The decision to call off the industrial action followed
talks with Nigeria's labour minister in the capital, Abuja.
"All issues have been addressed one after the other. We are
very satisfied with the commitment shown," said NUPENG President
"We have decided to suspend the three day strike that
commenced today and also asked our members... to do all that is
necessary to keep the industry flowing," he added.
On the issue of severance packages and benefits, Labour
Minister Chris Ngige said workers will be entitled to all their
entitlements, salaries and allowances. He did not elaborate.
The minister said the talks had led to "very fruitful
conclusions" and there would be another meeting on Jan. 24.
The strike was the latest in a number of walk-outs
orchestrated by NUPENG.
Earlier on Wednesday, the union said workers had gone on
strike in a separate walkout at seven crude oil flow stations in
and around Oleh, a town in Delta state, which is in the Niger
Tokunbo Korodo, a senior NUPENG official, said the strike
suspension included these stations.
Last week, the labour union held a strike at Total's
fuel depots in a protest over sackings, but it was
suspended after one day once an agreement was reached. No
details have emerged about that deal.
(Additional reporting by Anamesere Igboeroteonwu in Onitsha and
Tife Owolabi in Yenagoa; editing by Alexander Smith and Diane