Gabon Oil Workers Start 15-Day Strike At Total Facilities

Gabon oil workers’ union ONEP began a 15-day strike at the facilities of French oil producer Total on July 9 after demands for higher pay and other issues were not met, the union said in a statement.

ONEP threatened to strike last month, after Total Gabon failed to respond to demands made to the company in May. In addition to higher pay, the union requested new bonuses, increased opportunities for career advancement and a reduction in the number of foreign workers.

“The 15-day strike will affect all installations operated by Total Gabon’s employees as of Monday, July 9,” the ONEP statement said, including facilities in the capital Libreville and the oil hub of Port Gentil.