NUPENG threatens strike over non-payment of salaries in Delta 

NUPENG's General Secretary, Comrade Elijah Okougbo, Comrade Achese Igwe, President and Comrade Tokunbo Korodo, Chairman, Western Zone of NUPENG, at a recent briefing in Lagos.

NUPENG’s General Secretary, Comrade Elijah Okougbo, Comrade Achese Igwe, President and Comrade Tokunbo Korodo, Chairman, Western Zone of NUPENG, at a recent briefing in Lagos.

The leadership of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) SEEPO CAMP Kwale in Delta State has threatened to embark on work-to-rule over irregularity in the payment of salaries of its members.

The Vice Chairman of the union, Azubike Emordi, who spoke to journalists in Asaba, said that members of the union who work with various oil and gas exploration companies are suffering due to poor salaries and unfavourable conditions of service.

Noting that there have been absence of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from their employment, Emordi said that the union members are owed hazard allowances for 18 months, child education for 2016 and furniture grant for 2016 and requested the companies to expedite action to clear the outstanding payments.

His words: “I want to urge the companies to provide social amenities such as good roads, educational institutions, health centres and other human capital development to their host communities to cushion the effect of economic hardship or we will mobilize our members to go on work-to-rule.”

Emordi called on staff who have not identified with the union to do so for their benefit, disclosing that over 45 workers were recently inaugurated into the union in the camp.

Expectedly, Ndokwa youths and workers of various companies in Kwale had last Friday protested against oil and gas production companies in agitation for implementation of CSR by the management.

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