nupengBy Okeowo Oladapo

The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) has announced a date for its proposed 3-day warning strike.

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The labour body has picked Wednesday, January 11, 2016 as the date of commencement.

NUPENG had earlier in a statement expressed its intention to go on a warning strike which would precede an indefinite strike if its grievances are not resolved.

The strike is in reaction to the indiscriminate sack of workers by International Oil Companies (IOCs) and their stopping employees from joining unions.

This was also the grouse that led to the shutting down of Total Nig. Ltd’s Lubricant section at the start of the year.

The two major unions in the oil and gas sector, NUPENG and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), decried the spate of sacking in the oil industry.

Fingered as major culprits are Chevron and Mobil.

The firms are alleged to have, together, laid off or slashed the salaries of over 200 workers.