Oil workers join strike in Benghazi over security

Civilian servants and staff at some private firms went on strike on Tuesday to demand all militias to leave Benghazi.

Oil workers join strike in Benghazi over security

World Bulletin / News Desk

Oil company workers in Benghazi, eastern Libya, will join a strike of civil servants and private companies on Tuesday to protest against a deteriorating security situation in the port city, an oil official said.

It was not immediately clear how long the strike was intended to last.

At least nine people were killed on Monday during clashes between the army and militias in Benghazi where the security situation has deteriorated sharply in the past few months.

Civilian servants and staff at some private firms went on strike on Tuesday to demand all militias to leave Benghazi, Libya's second largest city.

"Staff in the oil sector in Benghazi... will join the civil obedience starting today," said Saad Fakhri, deputy head of Libya's union of oil workers.

The strike would affect administrative workers in firms such as Arabian Gulf Co and Ras Lanuf Oil and Gas Processing Company, two subsidies of state National Oil Corp (NOC), he said.

Stability in eastern Libya is key for oil supplies because about 60 percent of Libya's oil production comes from the region.

Many oil exports from the east have been halted already by seizures or port and oilfield by groups and militias demanding more political rights and higher pay.

Last Mod: 26 Kasım 2013, 11:20
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