July 18, 2024

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has announced its decision to join the indefinite nationwide strike called by the Organized Labour, set to commence on Monday.

This announcement was made in a statement issued on Saturday by NUPENG General Secretary, Afolabi Olawale.

Olawale confirmed NUPENG’s commitment to fully participate in the strike, following directives from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC). The strike has been declared to protest the Federal Government’s refusal to implement a new minimum wage.

Expressing deep concern over the Federal Government’s handling of the minimum wage negotiations, Olawale criticized the government’s insensitivity to the plight of Nigerian workers. He emphasized the adverse effects of current socio-economic policies on the working population and called on union leaders at all levels to prepare for comprehensive participation in the strike.

The impending strike by NUPENG is likely to exacerbate the situation by potentially causing widespread fuel shortages across Nigeria, adding another layer of urgency to the ongoing labor dispute.

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