NUPENG threatens strike action, may cause nationwide fuel scarcity
There is possibility of fuel scarcity and price hike across the country from the coming weeks of this month (November) as the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) workers which basically control the downstream arm of the oil sector issued a 14-day nationwide strike notice to the federal government.
The union which called on the government to attend to oil workers’ welfare warned that it would begin the proposed strike at the expiration of the notice to show its seriousness.
The strike notice was released through a statement jointly signed by NUPENG President, Williams Akhoreha and General Secretary, Olawale Afolabi.
According to the statement, the Union listed non-payment of workers’ salaries, title benefits, among other things as reasons for its decision.
“We write to convey to the general public and all relevant government agencies the resolution of the special national delegates conference to issue a 14-day notice of a nationwide industrial action if some legitimate welfare and membership related issues that have been variously resolved in our favour even by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment are not adequately and conclusively addressed and resolved within the next 14 days.
“This ultimatum takes effect from Monday, November 15, 2021.”
NUPENG further stated that the first issue was the outstanding short payment of terminal benefits to its members who were declared redundant in 2012 by the management of Chevron Nigeria limited.
The Union also stated that contract workers working in Oil Mining Lease 42 of the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company, a subsidiary of Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, were also owed salaries and allowances of eight to 10 months.