Scarcity Looms As NUPENG Backs Strike At Total Fuel Depots

By Ikenga Chronicles January 6, 2017

The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has backed a nationwide indefinite strike at Total fuel truck depots following sack of its members.

NUPENG southwest chairman, Tokunbo Korodo, NUPENG said a walkout by the union’s members began four days ago but the nationwide strike was called on Thursday.

“We have stopped the operation of Total. We are at the table with Total discussing the situation of the workers” he said.

While Total did not give an immediate reaction to the development, a senior figure in another labour union – Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) – said his members were not taking part in the industrial action.

“The strike will not affect crude production, except petrol, even when it goes nationwide because PENGASSAN is not involved” said Chika Onuegbu, who represents PENGASSAN in Rivers state.

Meanwhile, Nigerian labour unions have in recent months criticised oil companies for laying off workers. The industry has been hit by low crude prices and a wave of militant attacks in Nigeria’s oil hub, the Niger Delta, hampering production capability.

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