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Nigeria Union Calls New Strike


Nigeria's main labor union says it will launch a nationwide strike on November 16 to pressure the government to reverse hikes in fuel prices.

The president of the Nigeria Labor Congress Adams Oshiomole says unionists agreed Sunday to the latest work stoppage, saying it will be "indefinite."

Earlier this month, the union called a four-day strike which shut down businesses across the country. The action, however, did not affect oil production in Nigeria, which is the continent's leading producer.

Nigerian unions have criticized the government over a deregulation plan that has raised fuel prices by 20 percent in the past month.

President Olusegun Obasanjo says the reforms are needed to end fuel subsidies and to direct more money to education and other services.

Some of this information provided by AFP, Reuters and AP.

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