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Minimum Wage: Fuel crisis looms as NUPENG threaten to join strike

Valentine Chinyem



The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas, NUPENG, workers have threatened to join the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, should they embark on the proposed nationwide strike.

Prince Akporeha, the National President of NUPENG, said the petroleum union would comply with the directive of the labour, since the union is an affiliate of the NLC.

When asked if NUPENG would join the strike, he said, “Are we not an affiliate of the NLC? Is NUPENG on its own? Of course we are with the NLC.”

When reminded of the fact that a court had ordered unions not to go on strike, the NUPENG president said, “We are waiting for directives.”

The proposed indefinite strike by organised labour over the new minimum wage has been fixed for Tuesday, November 6, following the Federal Government failure to approve the N30, 000 it is demanding as minimum wage.

Last week, the Nigeria Governors Forum said it could only pay N22,500 as minimum wage, a position which was rejected by the unions.

It would be recalled that on Friday, the Federal Government obtained an order from the National Industrial Court restraining the organised labour from embarking on strike, an order union leaders have denied they are not aware of.

However, labour leaders also shunned a reconciliation meeting with delegates of the Federal government yesterday.