Petroleum Workers Ready For Showdown With FG As Strike Begins Tomorrow
All is now set for the nationwide 3-day warning strike planned by the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, the strike is to commence on Wednesday and run through to Friday.
This was disclosed by the the South-West Zonal Chairman of the union, Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo on Monday while briefing the press.
“As I am speaking to you now, all zones including Lagos have mobilised to ensure the success of the strike as directed by NEC body of NUPENG.
“We are having another NEC meeting in Abuja on Jan. 10, to appraise the preparation for the planned strike and meet the government officials.
“It has been the practice of the Nigerian government to wait until the ultimatum day before they start to run from one place to other to find solutions to it.
“If this warning strike is not properly handled as we have mobilised to ensure success of our action, nobody should blame the union.”
Korodo said that if the government had met the NEC of NUPENG before now, the action could have been “nipped in the bud’’.
NUPENG on December 16 gave the Federal Government a notice of a three-day nationwide warning strike from the second week of January 2017.
The action will be taken over unresolved labour issues with multinationals operating in the oil and gas industry.
President of the union, Mr. Igwe Achese, in a statement said that the decision was taken at the end of the NUPENG NEC, meeting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
He warned that the three-day warning strike was preparatory to a nationwide strike if there was no intervention by the Federal Government.