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NUPENG members strike over oil and gas workers sack

29 August 2014, 09:15Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has called on some members to embark on industrial action to protest the dismissal of some members of the union by Chevron Nigeria Limited.

The call was contained in a statement by the union’s Senior Assistant General Secretary, Warri Zonal Council, Otite Onohwowho.

The statement directed all members of the union within the zone to commence industrial action and to ensure that it was strictly complied with.

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The union accused the company of insincerity by allegedly failing to honour a communiqué reached with the body in July and brokered by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity to resolve all outstanding industrial disputes.

 “As a result of the refusal of Chevron Nigeria Limited Management to honour the communiqué of July 10th, 2014 issued at the instance of the Federal ministry of Labour and Productivity, Abuja, to resolve the industrial dispute between the union and Chevron management, the strike action that was earlier suspended is hereby resumed”.

The statement further urged all members of NUPENG branch executives within the Warri Zonal Council to ensure that the directive was followed to the letter in solidarity with their sacked members.

The Warri Zonal Council of NUPENG comprises mainly states in the South-South geo-political zone.

The effect of such strikes could send fuel scarcity ripples through neighboring states and even parts of the South-west states.

Chevron laid off hundres of workers recently in an exercise that's aimed to cut operational costs.

- CAJ News


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