Sequel to the earlier announcement by the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers to commence a three day warning strike, the leaders, on Tuesday directed members nationwide to go on with the strike starting today.
The decision to proceed on the strike was reached at the end of their National Executive Council, NEC, meeting which was held yesterday in Abuja.
According to NUPENG, the warning strike was against the anti-labour practice of International Oil Companies (IOCs) as a result of indiscriminate sack of their colleagues without benefits and refusal to allow their workers to join union.
They are also protesting upsurge in casualisation, job security, non-implementation of collective agreement across the entire country and then the gas sector.
The union is also asking government to compel the management of Seawolf Engineering Oil Services; under the management of AMCON that allegedly impounded the terminal benefits of its sacked members since 2013, to release the illegally withheld benefits to the workers.
Also, officials of the union during the meeting acknowledged they are willing to honour any meeting arranged by the Federal Government through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige and Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, today, to find solution to the dispute.
Meanwhile, the United Labour Congress of Nigeria, ULC, in a statement through its President, Mr. Joe Ajaero, has called on the Federal Government to immediately address the complaints of NUPENG.
Igwe Achese, the NUPENG President, while speaking to newsmen after the NEC meeting said that the outcome of today’s meeting with government would determine whether the strike would continue or not.