NUPENG begins three-day warning strike

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The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) Monday commenced a three-day warning strike to protest alleged inhuman treatment on members by management of Chevron, Agip and Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).

The strike is also to protest the refusal of National Association of Road Transport Organisation (NARTO) to implement the signed collective bargaining agreement with the petroleum tanker drivers and the sorry state of roads across the country.

To ensure the effectiveness of the strike, the union Sunday directed all its members in the depots to stop loading petroleum products for the next three days, with members in all its branches across the country to follow suit.

The union had on June 6, issued a 14-day strike notice to the federal government over disputes with SPDC, Chevron and Agip accusing management of the multinational companies of inflicting inhuman treatment on Nigerians.

The federal government had two weeks ago intervened through the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, who summoned a meeting with management of Chevron and SPDC to resolve the lingering dispute with Labour.

However, the union in a statement issued by its Acting General Secretary, Isaac Aberare, said it was disappointed that the agreements reached at the meeting was yet to be implemented, stressing that nothing concrete had been done on the part of Chevron and SPDC to address the issues raised.

The union called on the Nigerian public for understanding, stressing that the oil multinationals have failed to implement the agreement reached for a truce in the meeting brokered by the labour minister.

The union stated that its call for a stakeholders meeting in the oil and gas sector to address the situation had also been ignored.

It stressed that if after the three-day warning strike, nothing was done to address the situation, it would be forced to embark on an indefinite  strike nationwide.

 

Information from This Day was used in this report.