The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) yesterday said it would begin its proposed three-day warning strike tomorrow, if the Federal Government does not intervene.

In a statement signed by the General Secretary, Comrade Isaac O. Aberare, NUPENG said the Union appreciates the intervention of the Federal Minister of Labour, Chief Emeka Wogu in a meeting at his instance two weeks ago with the Chevron and Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC). He however, said it was disappointed that nothing had so far been done in the agreements reached at the meeting.

The union said that it should not be blamed if it carries out the action as proposed on tomorrow, as nothing concrete has been done on the part of Chevron and SPDC to address the issues.

They called on the Federal Ministry of Labour to call Chevron and Shell to order and start the implementation of the agreement reached at the meeting that was conveyed by the Minister of Labour two weeks ago or face the industrial action.

The union also noted that the Minister of Labour promised to liaise with the Minister of Petroleum Resources to convey a stakeholders meeting before the end of the month, but they were surprised that nothing has been heard about it.

On the issue of non-recognition of the union and stoppage of union dues, the union said that Chevron management and the contractors have not shown any commitment to address the issue after the two weeks ultimatum.

The union also said that Chevron and SPDC as agreed at the meeting, was to convey a contractors forum within two weeks and up till now, “the matter is in limbo.”


Information from The Nation was used in this report.