15 December, 2014
Oil Workers Begins Strike As Fuel Scarcity Hit Nigeria
NIGERIA Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, and its Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, decided the indefinite nationwide strike because they want to protest the inability of the government to carry out their Maintenance, TAM, of the refineries and reduce pump prices of petroleum products in line with the slump in global prices of crude oil.
The delay in passage of Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB; non-implementation of the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Content Development, NOGICD, Act to reflect Nigerians in management positions and expatriate quota law; appalling state of access roads to refineries and oil depots’ facilities and insecurity in the country that has led to the death of members is also one of the reason the indefinite strike was decided.
However NUPENG and PENGASSAN have also decided to fight for the right of their workers who have not been receiving their complete salaries for the National Housing Fund, casualisation and contract staffing and unfair labour practice by companies and government agencies.