Fuel Scarcity Looms As NUPENG Threatens Nationwide Strike

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The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has given the Federal Government a two-week strike notice, raising the possibility of fuel scarcity across the country in the coming weeks.

NUPENG, calling on the government to attend to oil workers’ welfare warned that it would begin the proposed strike at the expiration of the notice.

NUPENG President, Williams Akhoreha, and General Secretary, Olawale Afolabi in a statement said;

“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 took effect from Monday, November 15, 2021.”

Stating some of the issues, NUPENG mentioned that the first one was the outstanding short payment of terminal benefits to members who were declared redundant in 2012 by the management of Chevron Nigeria Limited.

The Union added that contract workers working in Oil Mining Lease 42 of the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company, a subsidiary of NNPC, were also owed salaries and allowances for upwards of eight to 10 months.

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