Leadership (Abuja)

27 November 2012

Nigeria: NUPENG Threatens Nationwide Strike Again

Photo: Vanguardanother
Oil Installation

Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), yesterday, threatened to embark on a nationwide strike from November30 2012, if the Federal Government did not investigate and bring to book the soldiers that brutalised and shot at oil workers that went to picket Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) installations in Warri and Port Harcourt over the company's anti-labour activities on Monday.

President of the union, Comrade Achese Igwe said this at a press conference in Lagos.

He said that the oil workers in the country would not fold their arms and allow the management of SPDC to continue to perpetuate anti-workers activities with impunity in the oil and gas sector.

The oil workers claimed that the Federal Government knew what to do to stop the persistent fuel scarcity and stressed that no oil cartel could survive in any economy of the world without the direct involvement of the Government.

"NUPENG will embark on a nationwide strike because all the crises in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria, for instance, drafting of soldiers to brutalise our members over picketing are directly linked to SPDC and the Government seems to pretend that all is well in the industry whereas the oil workers are surviving at the mercy of the management of SPDC and Chevron.

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