The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has issued a two-week strike notice to the Federal Government, increasing the prospect of gasoline shortages across the country in the coming weeks.
NUPENG members control the downstream arm of the oil industry, and a strike by the union would put a stop to the supply and distribution of gasoline across the country.
NUPENG, which is urging the government to pay attention to the wellbeing of oil workers, has warned that if the notice is not extended, the scheduled strike would commence.
NUPENG President Williams Akhoreha and General Secretary Olawale Afolabi issued a statement confirming this.
Non-payment of workers’ salaries was on the Union’s list of grievances.
The resolution read in part, “We write to convey to the general public and all relevant government agencies the resolution of the special national delegates conference to issue a 14-day notice of a nationwide industrial action if some legitimate welfare and membership related issues that have been variously resolved in our favour even by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment are not adequately and conclusively addressed and resolved within the next 14 days.
“This ultimatum takes effect from Monday, November 15, 2021.”
Outlining some of the issues, NUPENG mentioned that the first one was the outstanding short payment of terminal benefits to members who were declared redundant in 2012 by the management of Chevron Nigeria limited.
The Union added that contract workers working in Oil Mining Lease 42 of the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company, a subsidiary of NNPC, were also owed salaries and allowances for upwards of eight to 10 months.