[Lagos]–The Petroleum Tankers Drivers (PTD) arm of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) says it will commence a nationwide strike on Monday over deplorable working condition.
NUPENG’s President, Mr Igwe Achese, announced this in a signed communique, on Friday in Lagos, at the end of its Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting held at the union’s secretariat in Yaba.
According to him, the strike would have started last Monday, but the national secretariat of NUPENG, pleaded with members of the PTD to suspend the action while NUPENG’s leadership sought for government’s intervention.
He however, included that despite all letters, meetings and appeals to government agencies for intervention, nothing positive came out as at yesterday, thus the reason for the strike, which will cut off fuel supply across the country.
The communique said the strike would draw the attention of the Federal Government and other stakeholders to some unresolved issues bordering on deplorable working conditions, such as bad roads, poor remuneration, insecurity and the alleged excesses of some security agencies.
the communique said, “the CWC-in-Session considers inhumane, the refusal of the National Association of Transport Owners (NARTO) to commence negotiation with the union for the renewal of the expired Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) on the working conditions of our Tanker Driver members in the PTD branch, after several appeals and even an ultimatum.
“The CWC-in-Session, therefore, resolves to give full backing to any industrial action the members in this sector might decide to take with effect from Monday, April 3, 2017.
“To avert the pains and discomfort the action might cause, the CWC-in-Session calls on the Federal Government to urgently intervene and apprehend the unfortunate situation, to enable NARTO meet its obligations to tanker drivers.”
In the same vein the communique also called for the commercialisation of the operations of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), as well as the total overhauling of refineries to increase local production and reduce the importation of petroleum products.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg