Looming Fuel Scarcity As NUPENG Begins Strike, Wednesday

There are indications that there will be fuel scarcity as Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG announced a three-day nationwide warning strike beginning on Wednesday.

This came after the group, through its South-West chairman, Alhaji Tokunbo, on 18th December, 2016 stated that it will embark on a three-day nationwide warning strike come January, 2017, against the anti-labour practice of International Oil Companies (IOCs).

According to NUPENG the warning strike was as a result of indiscriminate sack of their colleagues without benefits and refusal to allow their workers to join the union.

Recall that the union formerly accused Exxon/Mobil and Chevron Nigeria Limited, of unfair labour practices, especially perceived unprocedural sack of workers without benefits, breach of Nigerian extant labour laws in their divestment exercises.

Chevron was alleged to have sacked over 300 NUPENG members without benefits late last year and efforts by the union for them to be recalled proved abortive.

Similarly, Mobil in December 14, 2016, sacked over 100 workers without following laid down procedure, according to the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN.

The union accused the management of Mobil of flagrant violation of Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development, NOGICD, Act of 2010, by deploying expatriates to take over jobs for which there is local capacity.

Meanwhile, it was recorded that the members of the National Executive Council, NEC, will hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday in Abuja ahead the scheduled strike.

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