The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has threatened to go on strike if the management of the Port Harcourt Company, PHRC, does not revoke its decision to sack over 175 casual workers.
Mr. Mina Samuel, Port Harcourt Zonal Chairman, NUPENG who spoke on the issue on Thursday berated the PHRC for deciding to sack the workers at a time when the country is going through an economic crisis and would need all the support they could get from the company
The Union said that its workers will go on strike in the next 24 hours in Port Harcourt if the workers are not recalled. NUPENG said it will ensure all the operations of all tanker drivers, petrol station workers, and others are stopped if PHRC refuses to meet its demand.
The Chairman said it was insensitive to make workers jobless at a time when the country is struggling to survive the COVID-19 lockdown.
He said: “The Port Harcourt Zone of NUPENG may be forced to come out of its shell as a result of PHRC management’s action, to withdraw the supply of petroleum products within Port Harcourt Zone if the PHRC fails to reverse its decision with immediate effect.
“Consequently the Port Harcourt Zonal Council of NUPENG is by this notice giving PHRC management 72 hours from today, the 2nd of April 2020, to direct its contractors to withdraw all termination letters issued to all NUPENG members in their employment. We advise that Port Harcourt Refinery management engage the union once normalcy returns to the state if need be.”