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Learning to swim without getting wet

HE National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas  Workers, NUPENG, one of the most militant unions in African labour history, last week marked its fortieth anniversary. Back in 1994 when the military held Nigeria in vile grip, NUPENG sent out a call for the unions to rescue the country. The regime of General Sani Abacha was particularly brutish, nasty and bloody. It was a dictatorship that had no rules, respected none and included the bombing of buses especially those conveying soldiers, as part of governance. Not surprisingly, other unions including the central labour organisation, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, chickened out.

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Firms sue NUPENG for purportedly forcing non-members to join strike

TWO companies operating in Delta State, Victoria Manpower Solution Nigeria Limited and Sunshine Management and Consulting Limited have dragged the National Union of Petroleum and Gas Employees, NUPENG, to court for allegedly compelling labourers independently sourced and supplied British Oil and Gas Exploration Limited to join an industrial action by members of the union.

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