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NUPENG threatens strike over sacked Chevron workers

National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG,  has given Chevron Nigeria Ltd till November 1 to reinstate its sacked members or face an industrial action.

Mr. Tokunbo Korodo, Lagos Zonal Chairman of the union, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, that the union would carry out its threat because its appeal to the management on the matter had not succeeded.

Korodo said that apart from the sacked workers, Chevron had also failed to recognise its union executives at the Logistic Facility Affairs Ltd, a contractor under Chevron in Lekki, Lagos.

He said the union had planned to embark on the strike yesterday, but had to suspend it because of the appeal from other stakeholders in the sector.

Korodo said the union had fixed an emergency meeting for Sunday in Abuja to map out strategies for the strike.
He said the workers had earlier embarked on a warning strike to convey the seriousness of its demands to the company.

Korodo said: “The strike is going to be total and will disrupt petroleum products supply to the western part of the country. NUPENG will not allow its members to be used as slaves and dumped.”

It is either the company recognises the union or bear the consequences of the strike,” He added.

Korodo accused Chevron of anti_labour practices, warning that the union would fight until “justice overcomes evil”.

Mr Femi Odumabo, Chevron’s General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, said in a statement that the company was aware of media reports of alleged plans by NUPENG to embark on strike.

“We appeal to all parties to use their good judgment not to cause untold hardship to Nigerians under any disguise,” he said.

He said the company expected all stakeholders to amicably resolve the matter, which is between NUPENG and the management of Logistics and Facilities Affairs Ltd.


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