NUPENG threatens to stop fuel supply over salary dispute

Posted by News Express | 28 April 2016 | 2,760 times

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The lingering fuel scarcity may continue, if the over 300,000 petrol attendants in the country do not get a pay rise.

The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has threatened to down tools in sympathy with the petrol attendants.

Industry sources said Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), an arm of NUPENG, planned to embark upon a strike if an agreement is not reached over the N18,000 minimum wage being proposed for the attendants.

Confirming this, the Zonal Chairma, Southwest, NUPENG, Mr. Tokunbo Korodo, said tanker drivers might go on strike to identify with the petrol attendants on the issue.

The inability of stakeholders to reach a compromise, he said, has slowed discussions on the issue.

According to him, petrol dealers are the ones working against the agreement reached on the payment of the minimum wage, not marketers.

Korodo said efforts to get the dealers to understand the predicaments of the petrol attendants and further increase their salaries have proved abortive.

He said: “Discussions are ongoing on the issue of increasing the emoluments of petrol attendants and others working at fuel retail outlets across the country. Several meetings have been held on the issue because we believe that the workers’ welfare must be improved.  We are going to mobilise our members, especially tanker drivers, to go on strike. If the dealers are not ready to acquiesce to our demands, we would order our drivers not to provide fuel to stations that are being run by dealers.”

He noted that through this, NUPENG would achieve its aspirations of providing better remuneration for petrol attendants.

Also, the National Chairman, PTD NUPENG, Mr. Akanni Oladiti, said efforts were being made to reposition the downstream sector of the oil and gas for growth.

He said petrol tanker drivers were being trained to be professionals, adding that the training would be nationwide.

He said many drivers would be trained in areas, such as safety, among others.

NUPENG and other bodies involved in the agitation for improved package for the attendants fixed last February for the implementation of the scheme.

With February gone and no solution in sight, NUPENG is threatening strike. (The Nation)

Source: News Express

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