Nigerians maybe in for another unsavoury experience from next week as the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) of Saturday threw its weight behind the proposed nationwide indefinite strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) scheduled to commence on Tuesday, November 6.
Recall that the Federal Government on Friday obtained an order from the National Industrial Court restraining the organised labour from embarking on strike.
As a sign of solidarity, the National President of NUPENG, Prince Akporeha, insisted that since his union is an affiliate of the NLC, it would comply fully with any directive the NLC gave.
When asked if NUPENG would join the strike, he said, “Are we not an affiliate of the NLC? Is NUPENG on its own? Of course we are with the NLC.”
When reminded of the fact that a court had ordered unions not to go on strike, the NUPENG president said, “We are waiting for directives.”
Attempts to get the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria on Saturday also proved abortive as its President, Mr Francis Johnson, neither picked repeated calls to his telephone nor responded to a text message on Saturday.
The organised labour had fixed November 6, 2018 for the commencement of an indefinite strike over the failure of the Federal Government to approve the N30, 000 it is demanding as minimum wage.