Things have not panned out well for oil workers of Exxon Mobile in Nigeria and the management of the company.

The workers under the auspices of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN had embarked on a strike in solidarity with some of their colleagues who had been sacked by the company December last year.

Now the federal government must step in to mediate in the labour dispute.

PENGASSAN and Exxon Mobil are expected to hold talks with government officials early next week in an effort to end the strike action.

"There are arrangements for both parties to meet early next week with the federal government," said Chika Onuegbu, who is the chairman of PENGASSAN in Rivers State.

But he said until the talks, the strike will continue.

A spokesman for Exxon Mobil declined to comment on the possibility of a meeting with the government, adding that the strike had "no impacts" on oil production.

"We respect the rights of our workforce and will continue to engage with them to resolve this situation, but remain committed to the safety of our personnel and security of our facilities," he said.

Government officials were not immediately available for comments.