NUPENG

Agency report

Following the termination of workers appointment, the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has ordered stoppage of loading activities at all Total Nig. Ltd., depots nationwide.

In Thursday’s statement by the union, the South-West Chairman accused Total’s management of resisting the unionisation of workers under its contract programme in Lagos, Kaduna and Koko in Delta blending plants.

The chairman further said the management of Total had moved further to terminate those workers who had joined the union in spite of the union’s efforts to amicably resolve the issue.

“In view of this, the union has directed all workers in Total downstream to stop work until the management allows workers to unionise and slave labour introduced are cancelled.
“This action should commence immediately,” he said.

Meanwhile, the News Agency of Nigeria reports that workers blocked the entrance of the gate to Total Blending Plant at Kirikiri, Apapa, with two trailers

The workers were seen with various placards with inscriptions: “Nigerians enslaving Nigerians in Nigeria, “Total and Jomog want to sack us because we joined NUPENG”.

Mr Rotimi Benjamin, the Zonal Vice-Chairman, South West Chapter of NUPENG, said that the management of Total had summoned the union to a meeting to resolve the issue.

Benjamin, however, said that the union would not go back on his action until all the issues were resolved.

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