Oil, electricity, other workers begin strike as FG kicks back

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The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), yesterday said loading of products, including aviation fuel, would stop from today as affiliates of United Labour Congress of Nigeria (ULC), begin an indefinite strike, Vanguard reports.

Also, electricity workers, on the platform of National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), and National Union of Railway Workers, have also asked members to down tools and join the strike. However, leaders of the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Employees (NUBIFIE), said members may not effectively join the strike today because the union just concluded its delegates conference weekend, warning, however, that members would fully join should the strike persist.

But the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), and Trade Union Congress (TUC), insisted yesterday that the ULC was fake, since it was not recognized by government, and urged Nigerians to ignore the group. Similarly, the Federal Ministry of Labour also held on to its earlier position that the ULC was not recognized by the Federal Government. The Presidency, through the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said last night that the Presidency stands by the Labour Minister’s position that the ULC is not recognised by the Federal Government.

However, leaders of Steel and Engineering Workers of Nigeria (SEWUN), Iron and Steel Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ISSSAN), National Union of Lottery Agents and Employees, Nigerian Union of Mine Workers, Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals, Private Telecommunications and Communications Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Metal Product Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Fitters Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, National Union of Shop and Distributive Employees and Academic Staff Union of Research Institute, among others, said their members would fully comply with the strike directive by the national leadership of ULC.