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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 11 October 2004 04:20 AM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
bbc news

photos of the strike

A four-day general strike over rising fuel prices has begun in Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer.

The largest trade union grouping in the country, the Nigerian Labour Congress, said more strikes would follow if a 25% price increase was not reversed. Domestic fuel subsidies were partly removed last year, prompting the rise.

Adams Oshiomhole, the NLC president (a 29-union umbrella body) has led two widely observed general strikes in the last 18 months over fuel price increases.

Nigeria is the largest producer of crude oil in Africa, but two-thirds of the population live in poverty. The bulk of the population lives on less than $1 a day and many people feel the only benefit they ever see from the country's oil is cheap, subsidised fuel.

The union leader was detained on Saturday in the country's capital, Abuja. Mr Oshiomhole said he was picked up by state security service operatives on the tarmac of the domestic airport in Abuja, as he was about to board a plane.

He said the 15-men strong security service team wanted him "to follow them to their boss" without producing any warrant. After he refused to go, he said he was treated "very rough" by the officers.

The state security services say Mr Oshiomhole was allowed to go home on Saturday, after answering questions over what they describe as a misunderstanding with field operatives.

From: england (hometown of toronto) | Registered: Jan 2003  |  IP: Logged
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posted 11 October 2004 07:36 AM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was relieved when union leader Adams Oshiomhole was released - he had obviously been beaten up and threatened. It is important for trade unionists everywhere to keep this strike and the trade unionists in the public eye. Nigeria is being developed by the IMF/WB as an alternative to reliance on Middle Eastern oil and it is an utterly blatant example of petroleum industries extracting the country's national resources while its people remain in poverty. The petroleum unions are among the most important African trade unions north of South Africa and their action has very important implications for global justice and workers' rights.
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posted 11 October 2004 09:19 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In solidarity.
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