Oil union threat may make Nigeria gov't negotiate

By REUTERS
January 12, 2012 03:10

 
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ABUJA - The threat of disruption to Nigerian oil output may force President Goodluck Jonathan's government to negotiate with unions as an indefinite, nationwide strike and protests over fuel subsidy cuts enters its fourth day on Thursday.

Tens of thousands have taken to the streets in cities up and down Africa's most populous nation this week to protest against the Jan. 1 removal of the subsidy, which more than doubled the price of petrol to around 150 naira ($0.93) a liter.

Nigeria's biggest oil union said on Wednesday it was ready to halt oil output if the government did not reinstate the subsidy.

Jonathan has shown no sign of weakening in the face of protests similar to those that have derailed past attempts to scrap the fuel subsidy, but may have to consider a compromise if the strike extends to the vital oil industry.

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