The Nigerian oil sector was threatened Monday by strike action affecting production of up to two million barrels a day, union officials said.
Shina Luwoye, president of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN), told reporters at the weekend the union was planning to call workers out on strike after pay negotiations failed.
Nigeria is the world's sixth largest oil exporter and the largest producer in Africa, with an output of over two million barrels per day.
A spokesman for the biggest oil company in Nigeria, Royal Dutch/Shell, told AFP early Monday that staff were meeting with union leaders to discuss the issue, reported to concern differences in for Nigerian and expatriate staff.
Oil industry insiders said the oil companies were keen to avoid a strike in the sector which alone accounts for more than 90 percent of Nigeria's foreign earnings -- LAGOS (AFP)
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