Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has publicly dissociated itself from a misleading publication in some session of the media, insinuating that the oil Union would be participating in the proposed nationwide strike in demand for increase in workers’ minimum wage.
The timely reaction was contained in a press release signed by the General Secretary of the Union, Comrade Adamu Song on Sunday (November 4, 2018) and made available to the media and other strategic stakeholders in the country so as to douse tension and set the record straight as Nigerians approach the festive season.
Recall NLC and other Labour Centres in the country 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.
The NLC rejected the N22, 500 proposed by State Governors.
On Friday November 2nd, 2018, the Federal government secured an order from the National Industrial Court barring NLC from proceeding on its planned nationwide industrial action. NLC however, insist on embarking on the strike, claiming that they had not been served with court processes.
NUPENG Press Release read in full:
”Contrary to the misguided publication by some print media, the leadership of NUPENG wishes to inform the general public that it has not taken any definite stand on the proposed nationwide industrial action
We are mindful of the fact that consultations are still ongoing at different levels to resolve all issues at stake.
We urge the general public to avoid unnecessary panic and confusion.
We also urge all our members to remain calm and wait for formal directive from the national secretariat of our great Union. We shall overcome.
Thank you and God bless
For: Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers.
Comrade Adamu Song,