December 7, 2017 / 2:48 PM / in 5 days

Nigeria's oil minister to engage with union to avoid possible strike

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria’s oil minister said on Thursday the government would engage with the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria after the trade union threatened to launch a nationwide strike.

Nigeria's Minister of State for Petroleum Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu looks on during the public presentation and breakdown of 2018 Appropriation Act in Abuja, Nigeria November 14, 2017. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

“I have directed that they should be engaged quickly to resolve what the issues are as soon as possible,” Emmanuel Kachikwu told reports in the capital, Abuja, after the union said it would strike from Dec. 18 over what it said was a mass sacking of workers.

Reporting by Felix Onuah; Writing by Alexis Akwagyiram; Editing by Susan Fenton

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