Pic.4. Some employees of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) protesting over alleged anti-labour matters by CAC management, in Abuja on Wednesday (24/2/21). 00754/24/2/2021/Jimah Suleman/BJO/NAN

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), alongside the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), are set to join the intended nationwide indefinite strike on Monday.

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has directed its members to comply with the strike action.

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In a statement released on Saturday, the union’s general secretary, Mr. Afolabi Olawale, stated that the organization was dedicated to guaranteeing complete adherence to the mandate.

Recall that in the proposed protest for the  increased minimum wage, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) announced an indefinite national strike on Monday.

The NLC and TUC presidents, Mr. Joe Ajaero and Mr. Festus Osifo, jointly signed the statement announcing the strike.

The strike was prompted by the tripartite committee’s inability to reach a consensus on a new minimum wage and the increase in energy prices.

According to Afolabi, the federal government’s callous disregard for the crucial matter of bargaining a higher minimum wage for Nigerian laborers has the union worried and unsettled.

This is in light of the administration’s numerous socioeconomic measures, which have made the nation’s working class poorer.

“All levels of leadership in our wonderful union, including those in the units, zones, and branches, should set up procedures right away to guarantee complete adherence to this directive.”

Additionally, the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) declared that, in accordance with the NLC and TUC’s instruction, it was organizing its members to go on strike.

The instruction was sent to the members via a statement by Mr. Dominic Igwebike, Acting General Secretary.

Igwebike said that apartheid’s classification of Nigerian power users into bands was one of the causes for the walkout, in addition to the impasse in talks on a raise in the minimum wage and electricity rate.

In light of the aforementioned, all national, state, and chapter executives are kindly asked to begin organizing their people in strict accordance with this direction in order to guarantee that the government follows the previously mentioned course of action.
The union head declared, “The withdrawal of services becomes effective on Sunday, June 2nd by 12.00 midnight.”