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Addax petroleum staff call off strike, to resume production

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Addax Petroleum Development Nigeria workers have called off their strike and resumed production after the management of the local unit of China’s Sinopec Group firm reached an agreement to negotiate with the leaders of the worker’s union.

In a statement on Friday, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) stated that Addax management is expected to hold a meeting with the local branch of the union on August 2, 2022.

The statement reads; “After series of interventions from numerous stakeholders, Addax management has agreed to a meeting with the branch leadership on Tuesday 2nd of August, 2022.

“With this development, Lagos zonal leadership has directed that normalcy be restored across all locations including OML 123, 124, 126 and 137 effective immediately.

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“The national leadership of the Association will continually engage all stakeholders fir their timely close out of the outstanding items.”

The Senior Assistant General Secretary, Lagos Zone PENGASSAN, Babatunde Oke had on Thursday confirmed that workers of the oil firm have shut down the 22,000 barrels of oil per day at the OML 123, 124, 126 and 137 to protest against the firm’s anti-labour practices.

The company has about 324 Nigerian employees, which include 141 permanent staff and 183 contract employees.

The Addax workers threatened to shut all the company’s operations including oil wells, valves crude lifting and export terminals operating by Addax if the company refuse to engage them, saying that all attempts to get the Management to the negotiation table failed as it ignored them.

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