- Fuel supply may be affected if NLC goes ahead with it planned indefinite strike
- NUPENG has said it will support whatever step NLC decides to take
- NLC is planning to go on an indefinite strike from November 6, following FG' failure to approve the N30,000 it is demanding as minimum wage
There may be shortage of fuel if the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) goes ahead with its planned strike as the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has pledged its loyalty to the labour union.
NUPENG has said it will support NLC any step that it decides to take, The Punch reports.
The organised labour had fixed November 6, for the commencement of an indefinite strike over the failure of the federal government to approve its demand of N30,000 as minimum wage.
However, on Friday, November 2, the federal government obtained an order from the National Industrial Court restraining the organised labour from embarking on strike.
In reaction, the NLC, the Trade Union Congress and the United Labour Congress, insisted on embarking on the strike, claiming that they had not been served with court processes.
When asked if NUPENG would join the strike, its national president, Prince Akporeha, said since his union is an affiliate of the NLC, it would comply fully with any directive the NLC gave.
“Are we not an affiliate of the NLC? Is NUPENG on its own? Of course we are with the NLC,” he said.
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.”
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Legit.ng had reported that the Nigeria Governors Forum said it could only pay N22,500 as minimum wage, a position which was rejected by the unions.
However, the minister of labour and employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has said conciliation on the national minimum wage will continue on Sunday, November 4, despite the court injunction restraining organised labour from embarking on strike.
Ngige said that this will be followed by another meeting of the National Tripartite Minimum Wage Committee meeting on Monday, Nov. 5 at the same venue. The minister appealed to all tripartite members to attend the meetings in the interest of the nation and finding a solution to the minimum wage impasse.
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