Fuel scarcity looms in Delta, four others as NUPENG goes on strike
There are fears that queues may soon resurface at fuel stations in the South-South region of the country as members of the Warri zone of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) commenced an indefinite industrial action Thursday.
NUPENG had in June gave Chevron Nigeria Limited a seven-day ultimatum to reabsorb its members sacked by the oil firm or face indefinite industrial action.
The union, however, called out its members in the Warri zone to embark on the strike action on Thursday, citing Chevron’s failure to honour a communiqué signed by both parties, at the behest of the Ministry of Labour and Productivity on July 10.
A statement signed by the union’s Senior Assistants General Secretary, Warri Zonal Council, Mr. Otite Onohwowho, directed all members of the union within the zone to comply with the strike, noting that the strike had commenced from Thursday.
“As a result of the refusal of Chevron Nigeria Limited Management to honour the communiqué of July 10th, 2014 issued at the instance of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Abuja, to resolve the industrial dispute between the union and management, the strike action that was earlier suspended is hereby resumed,” the statement declared.
The directive also urged all branch executives within the Warri Zonal Council to ensure that the decision was strictly followed in solidarity with members, whom the union claimed were being treated like slaves by Chevron.
The Warri zonal council of the NUPENG covers five states namely – Delta, Edo, Ekiti, Kogi and Ondo.
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