NUPENG Suspends Nationwide Strike

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The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) has suspended its planned strike scheduled to commence Wednesday, to allow room for dialogue and negotiation over the crises rocking the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN).

The union however clarified that the suspended strike does not mean it has decided to completely shelve the action which is as a result of the failure of IPMAN to implement the 2009 agreement due to the ongoing leadership tussle.

Briefing newsmen in Abuja Tuesday, the National President of NUPENG, Comrade Igwe Achese reiterated the commitment of the union to protect the interest of its members who constitute the majority of the work force in IPMAN.

Achese explained that the union called for the strike following the failure of IPMAN to implement the 2009 agreement due to the ongoing leadership tussle.

He added that the union would wait for the outcome of the June 30 meeting of officials of the ministries of labour and justice on their promise to resolve the crises.

The union leader however said the suspension of the strike did not mean that the union had completely cancelled the strike.

“The decision to suspend the strike, which would have commenced today, Tuesday June, 17, nationwide, after the 14 days ultimatum earlier given to the government elapsed, followed massive consultation with other members of the union,” he said.

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