The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and gas Staff has threatened to start a 3-day warning strike on January 9, 2017, in opposition to the anti-labour apply of the Worldwide Oil Corporations.
The South-West chairman of the union, Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, informed the Information Company of Nigeria in Lagos that the warning strike was inevitable as a result of all different choices had failed.
Korodo said, “We’re not gaining something by happening strike as a result of it isn’t a joyful factor however as a union, now we have to guard and combat for the welfare of our members.
“We now have sensitised the general public and in addition search the intervention of the Federal Authorities on the anti-labour actions of the IOCs towards our members however we’re not getting outcomes.
“Our members that put of their greatest throughout the time they labored weren’t paid their severance packages by their employers after they sacked them. It is a massive slap and it’ll not be allowed.
“What they’re practising right here in Nigeria, they can not practise of their nations; so, that’s the reason we are saying sufficient is sufficient.”
The chairman defined that the rationale for the deliberate warning strike was inherited from the earlier administration, including that among the points arose throughout the time period of the incumbent authorities.
“200 and fifty members of our union members had been affected by the divestment by Chevron Nigeria Restricted within the South-East. And that is giving us a critical concern as a result of they can’t feed their households.
“The Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, requested all events to keep up the standing-quo ante and we complied as a result of we respect the authorities, however the IOCs appear to be above the legislation or extra highly effective than the federal government; they failed to keep up the standing-quo ante which was amicably agreed on by each events.”
Korodo added, “The minister mentioned Chevron needed to pay the sacked employees however its administration refused to conform.
“It received to a time when Ngige referred to as for a gathering in Abuja to mediate; at occasions, its (agency) representatives wouldn’t present up.”
He alleged that every one different IOCs within the nation had been concerned in these anti-labour practices.
“We don’t want the general public to see the strike as if we’re unnecessarily punishing Nigerians. That’s why we’re utilizing this era to protest by asking tanker drivers to hold inexperienced leaves on their vehicles and our members to put on pink material.
“By subsequent yr, if our grievances will not be addressed inside this era, we’ll proceed on a 3-day warning strike.
“If the federal government and folks involved should not capable of resolve it, we could also be pressured to show the strike into an indefinite one,” he stated.
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