Monday, 9 January 2017

NUPENG begins warning strike this week

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and
Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) says there
is no going back on its planned warning
strike
- The strike is scheduled to commence on
Wednesday, January 11
- NUPENG gave the federal government a
notice of a three-day nationwide warning
strike in December 2016
The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and
Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) says
there is no going back on its planned
warning strike scheduled to commence
on Wednesday, January 11.
Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, the South-west
zonal chairman of the union told the
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos
today, January 9 that the union had
mobilized its members for the strike.
According to him, the union is
determined to forge ahead with the
planned warning strike, which would
take place on from Wednesday, January
11 to Friday, January 13His words: “The warning strike notice
had been given since the National
Executive Council (NEC) meeting that
was held in Port Harcourt in December
and we picked the second week of
January which commences from January
8..“As I am speaking to you now, all zones
including Lagos have mobilized to ensure
the success of the strike as directed by
NEC body of NUPENG.
“We are having another NEC meeting in
Abuja on January 10, to appraise the
preparation for the planned strike and
meet the government officials.
“It has been the practice of the Nigerian
government to wait until the ultimatum
day before they start to run from one
place to other to find solutions to it.
“If this warning strike is not properly
handled as we have mobilized to ensure
the success of our action, nobody should
blame the union.”
Korodo said that if the government had
met the NEC of NUPENG before now, the
action could have been “nipped in the
bud”.
NUPENG insists its action will bring to
light unresolved labour issues with
multinationals operating in the oil and
gas industry.On Thursday, December 5, 2016,
NUPENG ordered stoppage of loading
activities at Total Nigeria Limted depots
nationwide over termination of workers
appointment.
NUPENG alleged that the management of
Total has been resisting the
unionisation of workers under its
contract programme in Lagos, Kaduna
and Koko in Delta blending plants.