Nigerian women victory over US oil giant
Hundreds of Nigerian women last week ended a 12-day occupation of oil pipeline stations belonging to US-based transnational ChevronTexaco. The protestors said the company had agreed to create jobs for 10 people from nearby villages, upgrade 20 more workers to full-time positions and create 30 new contract positions. The company also agreed to help village women start small businesses of their own, and provide schools, hospitals, water and electricity systems for area communities. The women had occupied the facilities because they said the company exploits the people of the impoverished coastal region and does not share enough of the wealth it obtains from the oil The latest protest started as other women were ending their occupation of ChevronTexaco's export terminal — also with victories for jobs and services.
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