Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, may embark on nationwide strike to press home the unpaid salaries of its members by some oil services companies.
President of the union, Mr. Igwe Achese revealed this in a statement, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent on Thursday.
According to the statement, two companies Tecon Oil Services and Seawolf Drilling Services located in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, still owe many of its workers backlog of salaries and have refused to pay despite series of intervention by stakeholders.
Part of the statement read, “The union is, therefore, issuing a notice to withdraw its services any moment from now in solidarity with the affected workers if the unresolved payment of salaries and entitlements of these workers are not settled.”
The statement noted that the ultimatum given to the companies to clear the salaries of its members had since expired and that it would take a drastic measure by embarking on nationwide strike in solidarity with the affected workers.
“We are highly disappointed that the companies have refused to pay despite the intervention of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, the Department of State Service, DSS and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
The union had since put its ally members, such as the Petrol Station Workers, Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD on the alert as soon as it is ready to go on strike.
“It must be pointed out that the Management of Tecon Oil Services reneged on the communiqué with the Union on off-loading the severance benefits of our members working in the company.