Oil workers mobilize for strike

Nupeng/ Oil workers

Oil workers say they are ready for a three day warning strike as from Wednesday.

South west chairman of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Tokunbo Korodo, said union members are mobilizing for the strike.

The union last December 16 issued the warning strike after the meeting of its national executive council in Port Harcourt, to protest alleged anti-workers policy by multinational oil companies.

Korodo explained that the union’s NEC will again meet on Tuesday to finalize arrangement for the strike and meet Presidency officials on the union’s grievances.

His words: “The warning strike notice had been given since the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting that was held in Port Harcourt in December and we picked the second week of January which commences from January 8.

“As I am speaking to you now, all zones including Lagos have mobilized to ensure the success of the strike as directed by NEC body of NUPENG.

“We are having another NEC meeting in Abuja on January 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 mobilized to ensure the 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”.

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