NUPENG begins strike today
The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has threatened to embark on an indefinite strike over the failure of the federal government to pay subsidy for imported petroleum products and the poor state of the country’ refineries among other issues.
The group disclosed this at a media briefing addressed by its national president, Achese Igwe, in Lagos.
Meanwhile, the NUPENG president said the union will begin its planned strike today in sympathy with their members sacked on Wednesday by the MRS Oil and Gas Plc.
Mr Igwe said the strike will continue until the MRS management reinstates the sacked drivers.
He said: “Despite the promises and understanding reached between the union and the management of MRS, the company still went ahead to sack our members, about 2,500 tanker drivers.
“The action of the company is not acceptable to us as a union.”
He said the strike would be restricted to the Lagos zone, which includes Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti, Oyo, Osun and Kwara States.
Other parts of the country depend on this area for supply of fuel; therefore, it would be more like a national strike.
Mr Achese said that other parts of the country might join the strike in sympathy and solidarity.