All depots in the country from today till wednessday will cease to load petroleum products in accordance with the three day warning strike ordered by the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG).
NUPENG Also gave directives to its acting members in all branches in the country to join the strike raising fear of fuel scarcity. NUPENG is, among others, protesting unfair labour practices of multinational oil companies like Chevron, Shell and Agip.
NUPENG’s General Secretary Comrade Isaac Aberare in a statement yesterday said the strike is also to protest the refusal of National Association of Road Transport Owners to implement an agreement with the Petroleum Tanker Drivers as well as the sorry state of Nigerian roads.
He said: “The oil workers have no choice than to embark on the warning strike as NARTO refuses to implement the signed collective bargaining agreement with the petroleum tanker drivers and the sorry state of our roads across the nation.
“The union calls on the Nigerian public for understanding, as all efforts by the Federal Ministry of Labour intervention three weeks ago has failed,” he added.
“The union has exhausted all efforts for a stakeholders’ meeting in the oil and gas sector to address the situation; the oil multinationals have failed to implement the agreement reached for a truce in the meeting brokered by the Minister of Labour, Chief Emeka Wogu.”