The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and
Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, under United Labour Congress, ULC, has
vowed to begin to begin a nationwide strike today, Monday.
Also joining in the strike are,
electricity workers, on the platform of the National Union of
Electricity Employees, NUEE, National Association of Aircraft Pilots and
Engineers, NAAPE, and the National Union of Railway Workers.
In addition, Leaders of Steel and
Engineering Workers of Nigeria, SEWUN, Iron and Steel Senior Staff
Association of Nigeria, ISSSAN, National Union of Lottery Agents and
Employees,Nigerian Union of Mine Workers, Association of Nigerian
Aviation Professionals, Private Telecommunications and Communications
Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Metal Product Senior Staff
Association of Nigeria, Fitters Senior Staff Association of Nigeria,
National Union of Shop and Distributive Employees and Academic Staff
Union of Research Institute, among others, said their members would
fully comply with the strike directive by the national leadership of
Speaking, the Lagos State Chairman of
ULC and Lagos Zonal Chairman of NUPENG, Tokunbo Korodo, said there will
be a total shutdown of all activities by members today.
“What that means is that we are not
going to load products across the country, including aviation fuel, from
today, until there is a counter-directive from the national leaders of
our umbrella body, the ULC”, he said.
Similarly, the General Secretary of
NAAPE, Ocheme Aba, said members will fully comply with the strike,
noting that the strike would be handled strategically.
“We are not going to confront anybody, but I can assure you that you will definitely feel the impact of the action”, he said.
In the same vein, the Delta State
Council of the ULC has directed all affiliates in the State to
immediately commence total withdrawal of services from today, in
compliance with the resolutions of the national leadership of the labour
Chairman of the Council, Comrade
Williams Akporeha, said: “We are not deterred, but only very worried to
hear this sort of comment from respected government officials, who
allowed undemocratic forces to corrupt and cripple the NLC.
“On behalf of the National Leadership of
Congress, all our members in Delta State are hereby directed to proceed
on an indefinite industrial action with immediate effect, without fear
of intimidation and harassment.
“We shall continue to monitor compliance
and effectiveness until the Federal Government meets our demands
already sent to the appropriate agents of government.”