Gabon oil workers suspend strike

2013-03-17 22:10


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Libreville - Gabon's oil workers union said on Sunday it had suspended a week-long strike after the government agreed to improve working conditions for Gabonese staff and expel about 3 000 undocumented foreign employees.

Oil workers in Gabon have long complained about higher wages paid to expatriate workers and say many of them do not have the right work permits and papers.

"The government has given us what we want," said Onep union spokesperson Aime Ipandi.

Oil majors Total and Royal Dutch Shell have said the strike did not affect their operations, despite union reports to the contrary.

The two companies dominate Gabon's roughly 240 000 barrels-per-day oil sector, and previous strikes by Onep have closed down their operations.

Oil revenues contribute around 60% of the African state's budget.
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