Fuel Scarcity Looms As NUPENG Shows Support For NLC Planned Strike
Fuel scarcity may become inevitable as from November 6, as the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has indicated that it is totally with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and would follow any step that the NLC decides to take.
On Friday, the Nigerian government received an order from the National Industrial Court restraining the organised labour from embarking on strike.
The NLC, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the United Labour Congress (ULC) had, however, insisted on embarking on the strike, claiming that they had not been served with court processes.
However, in a chat with The Punch, the National President of NUPENG, Prince Akporeha, disclosed that since his union is an affiliate of the NLC, it would comply fully with any directive the NLC gave.
When asked if NUPENG would join the strike, he said, “Are we not an affiliate of the NLC? Is NUPENG on its own? Of course we are with the NLC.”
When reminded of the fact that a court had ordered unions not to go on strike, the NUPENG president said, “We are waiting for directives.”
The organised labour had fixed November 6, 2018 for the commencement of an indefinite strike over the failure of the Federal Government to approve the N30, 000 it is demanding as minimum wage.
Last week, the Nigeria Governors Forum said it could only pay N22, 500 as minimum wage, a position which was rejected by the unions.