In Ivory Coast Workers at Petroci launch 72-hour strike: union

Petroci is only a small oil and natural gas producer. However it is heavily involved in the downstream sector, controlling 36 percent of the domestic gas distribution and around 30 filling stations.

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Workers at Ivory Coast's Petroci launch 72-hour strike: union play

Workers at Ivory Coast's Petroci launch 72-hour strike: union

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Employees at Ivory Coast's state oil company Petroci began a 72-hour strike on Tuesday to protest a wave of recent layoffs as union leaders threatened to broaden the walkout to other firms if the workers' demands were not met.

Fifty of the company's 600 employees were made redundant last month and another 150 employees are expected to follow, union leaders have said, a move prompted by an audit recommending that the company cut costs and staff.

"Our employer violated all the rules and refuses to agree to the workers' demands. We have in front of us an employer that doesn't respect anything," said Jeremie N'Guessan Wondje, a Petroci employee and secretary general of the SYNTEPCI union.

Petroci is only a small oil and natural gas producer. However it is heavily involved in the downstream sector, controlling 36 percent of the domestic gas distribution and around 30 filling stations.

Wondje said SYNTEPCI would consider expanding the strike to include workers from 16 other companies, including refining and logistics firms represented by the union, if a rapid resolution of the dispute was not reached.

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