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NIGERIA’S OIL UNION TO STICK TO STRIKE PLAN DESPITE GOV’T PLEAS

Nigeria’s oil union on Monday said it would go on with a planned warning strike on Wednesday to demand reinstatement of 3,000 oil workers sacked by multinationals operating in the oil-rich country.

Despite an earlier plea by the government of the West African country for the workers to shelve the protest, the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) said it has already mobilized its members for the three-day warning industrial action ahead of a total showdown.

NUPENG on Dec. 16 informed the Nigerian government of the warning strike following the unresolved labor issues with the multinationals.

In a statement, President of NUPENG Igwe Achese said the three-day warning strike would be preparatory to a nationwide one if there was no intervention by the government.

Tokunbo Korodo, a zonal leader of the oil union in Lagos, said the government had failed to follow up with proposals earlier made by the union on the negotiation table.

In October last year, the Nigerian government said it had formed a forum between the employers, employees, the oil union and the Ministry of Labor and Productivity to address the issue.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK