The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), has declared a three-day warning strike beginning 12 midnight.
NUPENG reveals that the strike begins at 12 midnight ahead of their meeting with the federal government on Wednesday.
Speaking with Journalist in Abuja, the President of the union, Mr Igwe Achese, told journalists after an emergency meeting held by the union, that the strike is to press for the implementation of the agreement reached with the oil companies on staff welfare, mediated by the federal government in 2016.
However, Mr Igwe Achese was quick to add that the continuation or otherwise of the strike beyond Wednesday, January 11, would be determined by the outcome of a joint meeting between the union and the federal government on Wednesday
Meanwhile, the South-West Zonal Chairman of the union, Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday that the union had mobilised its members for the ‘strike.
He said that the union was resolute on going ahead with the planned warning strike, which would take place on from Jan. 11 to Jan. 13.
“The warning strike notice had been given since the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting that was held in Port Harcourt in December and we picked second week of January which commences from Jan 8.
“As I am speaking to you now, all zones including Lagos have mobilised to ensure the success of the strike as directed by NEC body of NUPENG.
“We are having another NEC meeting in Abuja on Jan. 10, to appraise the preparation for the planned strike and meet the government officials.
“It has been the practice of the Nigerian government to wait until the ultimatum day before they start to run from one place to other to find solutions to it.
“If this warning strike is not properly handled as we have mobilised to ensure success of our action, nobody should blame the union,” he said.
Korodo said that if the government had met the NEC of NUPENG before now, the striking action could have been “nipped in the bud’’.