"The security forces moved into the site, threatening violence against the strikers who have been picketing outside the terminal for 11 days," Arnaud Engandji of the National Organisation of Oil Employees (ONEP) said monday night.
The strike at the Gamba terminal has stopped 60,000 barrels per day of production by the Anglo-Dutch oil giant, which owns it, as well as 30,000 barrels per day by other oil companies that share the facility, including Total SA and Penenco.
A Shell-Gabon official confirmed that the Gabonese government sent a detachment of gendarmes to Gamba at the request of the local authorities, but said there was no violence.
"Production is still stopped and the terminal shut down," added the official, who asked not to be named.
Employees of the US firm Marathon Oil, which produces about 20,000 barrels per day in Gabon, on Friday issued a five-day strike warning. These workers will down tools on Thursday if the call is not retracted, a union source said. ( With Thomson Financial and AFP).
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