British riggers to sue oil firms over hostage ordeal

British
workers held hostage by striking colleagues on Nigerian oil rigs plan to sue
oil companies.

According
to the Glasgow Herald, the Britons, held captive in April, claim they were
subject to death threats and suffered trauma during an industrial dispute
involving a Nigerian union and Transocean, an American drilling contractor.

During
the dispute, around 100 striking workers armed themselves with machetes had
demanded that five sacked union officials were reinstated.

Nearly
200 oil workers, including 35 Britons, were held for two weeks before the
dispute was resolved.

By Quentin Reade

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