NUPENG postpones nationwide strike

23 August 2012, Sweetcrude, LAGOS – THE Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, late on Wednesday said it has postponed its nationwide strike originally billed to commence today over the non-payment of subsidy claims to oil marketers.

President of the union, Mr. Achese Igwe, made the announcement, saying the ongoing strike in Abuja would however continue.

This followed the intervention by the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) in the crisis between the union and the government.

NUPENG issued a threat on Monday to the Federal Government announcing the plan to embark on strike as from Thursday if the government failed to pay subsidy claims of marketers.

The union had on Thursday last week started an industrial action in the Federal Capital Territory. The strike has led to fuel scarcity in the FCT.

The Chairman of the senate committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Senator Magnus Abe, told one of our correspondents on Wednesday that the committee had met with NUPENG and the Ministry of Finance on the matter with a view to finding a way out of the problem.

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