June 30, 2013 – Petrol Scarcity Looms In Nigeria As NUPENG Begins Strike On Monday Over Bad State Of Roads
The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) said it will begin a three-day warning strike on Monday.
This is contained in a statement signed by NUPENG’s General-Secretary, Isaac Aberare, on Sunday in Lagos.
The statement said that the workers were going on strike over alleged unfair labour practices by some major oil companies in the country.
“The strike is also to protest the refusal of NARTO to implement the signed collective bargaining agreement with the petroleum tanker drivers.
“We are also unhappy over the bad state of roads across the nation,” the statement said.
The statement said that all efforts by the Federal Ministry of Labour to intervene in the issue three weeks ago had failed.
It said that the oil multinationals had failed to implement the agreement reached in a truce brokered by the Minister of Labour, Chief Emeka Wogu.
The statement alleged that the union’s call for a stakeholders meeting in the oil and gas sector to address the situation had also been ignored.
It directed all members of NUPENG at the various depots to stop loading petroleum products for the next three days.
Members in all the branches in the country must also follow suit,’’ the statement said.
It said that if after the three-day strike, nothing was done to address the situation; NUPENG would be forced to embark on an indefinite nationwide strike.
[Source: Daily Times]