The Secretary, Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Delta State chapter, Comrade Lucky Edewor, has said that the position adopted by the leadership of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) would not affect the planned nation-wide strike action by organised labour.
The chairman of NUPENG and PENGASSAN, Comrade Igwe Achese and Comrade Francis Olabode Johnson, respectively, had told journalists in Calabar, at the weekend, after a joint National Executive Council meeting, that the federal government’s decision to end subsidy would restore transparency in the sector and encourage growth.
Speaking to our correspondent on phone, on Monday, Edewor noted that NUPENG and PENGASSAN were both affiliates of the two labour unions (NLC and TUC), adding that the decision of the two unions to back the federal government, would not, in any way, affect organised labour’s showdown with the government.
“Remember this is a matter that is affecting Nigerian workers and Nigerians in general: it is not sectional. We have had this kind of situation before, when the Nigeria Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) decided to sabotage the strike action called by organised labour to protest against the high electricity tariff, but NUEE failed”, he said.