LABOUR STRIKE: Fuel Scarcity Is Loading….
Nigerian workers made good their threat this week to down tools.
On Thursday, the strike started, and compliance was total as government offices were shut across the country, including banks.
But that industrial action may lead to fuel scarcity as supply and distribution of petroleum products across the country may be affected.
This is a clear possibility since the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Association have joined the strike.
Recall that it all started on Wednesday after the NLC directed all its members and affiliate unions to commence a nationwide strike on Thursday.
This was after a meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, in Abuja on Wednesday, failed to produce the expected outcome.
The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said the industrial action would commence due to the refusal of the Federal Government to reconvene the meeting of the Tripartite National Minimum Wage Committee to enable it to conclude its work.
A NUPENG spokesperson, Adamson Momoh, told Punch on Thursday: “We are part of the United Labour Congress; so, any decision that they take, we will abide by it.”
The National Public Relations Officer, PENGASSAN, Mr Fortune Obi, also said the association had been directed to join the ongoing strike.
According to him, “PENGASSAN is an affiliate of the Trade Union Congress; so, the directive is that we should join the strike, and after the Central Working Committee meeting, the CWC has issued the same directive as the TUC to our members.”