NUPENG suspends proposed nationwide strike




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ABUJA – The National Union Petroleum and Natural (NUPENG) said on Tuesday had suspended its planned nationwide strike.

NUPENG’s , Mr Igwe Achese, announced the suspension at a news conference in Abuja, said was to allow for the outcome the investigation by the government team.

He said the team comprised the National Judicial Council (NJC), the State Service (SSS), and the Ministry Labour and Productivity.

Achese said the strike was shelved by the union’s to allow the government team to investigate the union’s crisis with Independent Petroleum Marketers of Nigeria (IPMAN).

He said that the call for the strike followed the failure of IPMAN to implement the 2009 agreement due to the ongoing tussle.

Achese said that the union was committed to the protection of the interest of its members constituted the majority of the work force in IPMAN.

He added that the union would wait for the outcome of the June 30 meeting of officials of the ministries of labour and justice on mandate to resolve the crises.

Achese clarified that the union had no intention of inflicting any form of hardship on the Nigerian populace, but was only interested in protecting the welfare of its members.

The union boss also emphasised that the suspension of the strike did mean that the union had completely cancelled the strike.

“The decision to suspend the strike which would have commenced today, Tuesday 17th nationwide, after the 14 days ultimatum earlier given to the government elapsed, followed massive consultation with other members of the union.

The union boss cautioned against the balkanisation of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as a pre-condition for the passage of the (PIB) by the National .

He called for the passage of the bill first, noting that all stakeholders in the industry could then discuss the way forward in the sector.

“As a union, we are against the privatisation of refineries, but we insist that the Turn-Around-Maintenance (TAM) must be carried out.

“Pipelines must be secured and government must make sure refineries are built.

“We urge government to pursue vigorously the passage of the PIB bill at the National before discussing the division and model for NNPC.

“We do want the Federal Government to unbundle the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) before the passage of the (PIB),’’ Achese said. (NAN)