NUPENG suspends planned strike

THE Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has suspended its planned strike following engagements with government agencies including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

NUPENG president Williams Akporeha and general secretary Afolabi Olawale in a statement jointly signed today expressed gratitude to NNPC group managing director Mele Kyari and his team over the roles they played in resolving the impasse. They said: “NNPC’s management has once again proven to the union and the nation that it can be trusted in matters of ensuring decency of employment and peaceful industrial relations in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

“On behalf of members of our union, we promise to reciprocate these commendable efforts with hitch-free and effective distribution of petroleum products during the forthcoming festive period.” The union had on November 25 extended a 14-day ultimatum earlier given to the Federal Government by seven days. The planned strike was to protest what NUPENG called non-implementation of agreements reached with the government. According to the statement, some of the resolutions from the engagements include “commencement of the processes to clear all backlogs of arrears of salaries and allowances owed contract workers of Oil Mining Licence 42 before the end of December.

“The agreement and firm commitment to pay N2.13 million to each of the former employees of the big six contractors whose terminal benefits were short-paid in 2012 following the closure of the contract.”

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