NUPENG Shuts Total Nig. Loading Activities

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Thursday shut down all loading activities at Total Nig. Ltd., depots nationwide.
The shut down order followed termination of workers appointment, which the union had deemed avoidable.
A statement signed by Tokunbo Korodo, the South-West Chairman of the union, said the management of Total has been resisting the unionisation of workers under its contract programme in Lagos, Kaduna and Koko in Delta blending plants.
The Chairman said the management of Total had moved further to terminate those workers who had joined the union in spite of the union efforts to resolve the issue amicably.
“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.
At the Total Blending Plant at Kirikiri, Adama, it was observed that workers blocked the entrance of the gate 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”.
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.
Mr. Benjamin, however, said that the union would not go back on his action until all the issues were resolved.

Author: News Editor

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