The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers has extended the 14-day ultimatum earlier given to the Federal Government by seven days.
This is contained in a statement issued by the union’s General Secretary, Afolabi Olawale, on Thursday, in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NUPENG had, on November 15, issued the 14-day ultimatum to commence a nationwide strike against the non-implementation of an agreement earlier reached with government.
The statement by Olawale read that in spite of the interventions and engagements with government agencies and institutions, issues concerning welfare of members and unfair labour practices by some oil majors had yet to be fully resolved.
“Leadership of the union is still exercising patience and restraint to give the on-going discussions the chances of resolving these issues once and for all.
“The decision of the union to give another seven-day ultimatum should not be misconstrued as a sign of capitulation or weakness.
“Rather, it is a demonstration of our resolve not to inflict unnecessary pains on Nigerians or create any form of artificial scarcity of petroleum products,” it read.
It urged the government and other concerned stakeholders to take advantage of the extension to do the needful, stressing that “It is our hope that government does the needful and save the nation the pains and losses our industrial action will bring,” he said.