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NUPENG to begin warning strike over workers’ welfare

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Wednesday warned oil and gas companies of its decision to embark on a threeday warning strike in 2017 if companies failed to address workers’ welfare.

NUPENG President, Mr. Igwe Achese, who is yet to disclose the date, said in a statement that the union took the decision after its National Executive Council meeting.

The Union stated that the date in January will be communicated to all its members but advised them to start wearing red bands to work from next week while the members of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers have been instructed also to put green leaves on their tankers as a protest preparatory for the commencement of the 3-day warning strike next month.

NUPENG added that it will resist any divestment by the multinationals that does not carry the Union along, especially in OML 53 and 55 operated by Chevron and now OML 30.

The union stressed that it believes that whatever goodwill government has to encourage investors to come should not lead to job loses but job creation.

“The unresolved labour related issues which made the union to issue a 21-day ultimatum for the federal government’s intervention include the non-payment of terminal benefits to 48 contract staff and 250 contract staff terminated in Lagos and Port Harcourt by the Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC).”

“The others are the refusal of Exxon Mobil Producing to reinstate over 200 NUPENG Members sacked through its directives to her labour contractors despite ultimatum jointly issued by NUPENGASSAN.

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