Oil Workers Strike: Government To Meet With NUPENG
The government has not resolved issues with some unions that had embarked on strike and more members of different unions are downing tools.
Efforts are on to settle the latest industrial action embarked on by oil workers' union.
Officials of the Nigerian government will meet with those of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Work, (NUPENG) on Tuesday to persuade the union to the end industrial action it called over the weekend.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, who seems to have a lot on his hands at the moment, announced plans to meet with the members of NUPENG in a statement by Mr Samuel Olowookere, a spokesman for the ministry on Monday in Abuja.
Ngige said that the crucial conciliatory meeting will hold in his office by 11:30a.m local time, with the president and the executive of NUPENG.
NUPENG is currently an affiliate under the United Labour Congress (ULC), the main body that asked its members to stay at home to push some demands.
Other unions under the ULC include Petroleum Tankers Drivers (PTD), National Electricity Employees Union (NUEE); National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE), telecommunication unions and Aviation unions.
The ULC had earlier issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government which expired on September 8 over a 12-point demand.
It is asking the Ministry of Labour and Employment to set up a task force immediately to carry out factory inspections and review the privatisation of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).
It also wants the Army and Police to leave their different work places, as they were intimidating and harassing workers in such establishments.
The union further want the ministry to immediately release its registration certificate, non-inclusion in the minimum wage committee, among others.
ULC issued another 7-day strike notice that would expire on September 15 with a threat to shut down oil, power and aviation sectors.
It would be recalled that Ngige had said the Federal Government does not recognise the ULC as a federation of trade unions, and described the planned industrial action as illegitimate.