Activities at fuel depots across the country have been put to a halt as a
three-day warning strike by the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural
Gas Workers commences. A three-day warning strike by the Nigeria
Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), has kicked-off
today, as activities at fuel depots across the country have been
According to Reporters, as a result of the strike which is to protest
against anti-Labour practices in the oil and gas sector, loading of
petroleum depots across the nation have been halted.
Speaking to a correspondent, an official of the union, disclosed that the
leaders of the union would hold a meeting with the President Buhari-
led Federal Government by 1pm today.
While speaking on Tuesday with journalists shortly after a meeting of
the National Executive Committee of NUPENG, the President of
NUPENG, Achese Igwe, had said though the strike would commence on
Wednesday, the decision to continue with it would be reached at the
meeting with the Federal Government delegation on Wednesday.
He said the strike became necessary in order to draw attention to
pressing issues in the oil and gas sector, such as casualisation, job
security, non implementation of collective agreements and non
involvement of the union in the ongoing divestment system by Shell
Petroleum Development Company Limited and others.
, “The NEC held a meeting today to review the three-day warning strike
that was scheduled to take place tomorrow (Wednesday).
“However, as you are all aware, it is not an indefinite strike; it is a
symbolic strike action to drive home some of those issues that are
really challenging, and to give them the ultimate attention as expected.
“They have to do with casualisation, job security, non implementation
of collective agreements across the entire country in the oil and gas
sector and the balkanisation of the ongoing divestment system.
“NEC directed that pending the outcome of the meeting tomorrow, the
three-day warning strike will take place. The Ministry of Labour has
called for a meeting with the Minister of Petroleum.
“We are positive that the meeting will resolve the issues; where it fails,
the three-day warning strike will take place.”