The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has announced that it would embark on a warning strike on January 11.
South-West Zonal Chairman for NUPENG, Tokunbo Korodo, confirmed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday that union workers were prepared to begin the strike, which is slated to last from January 11 to January 13.
"The warning strike notice had been given since the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting that was held in Port Harcourt in December and we picked the second week of January, which commences from January 8," Mr. Korodo told NAN.
"As I am speaking to you now, all zones, including Lagos, have mobilized to ensure the success of the strike as directed by the NEC body of NUPENG. We are having another meeting in Abuja on January 10 to appraise the preparation for the planned strike and to meet the government officials," he added.
Mr. Korodo explained that NUPENG informed the federal government of the impending strike on December 16, but the government has yet to address the matter.
"It has been the practice of the Nigerian government to wait until the ultimatum day before they start to run from one place to the other to find solutions to it," he said. "If this warning strike is not properly handled...nobody should blame the union."
NUPENG President Igwe Achese warned that the three-day warning strike could lead to a full-blown, nationwide strike if the government fails to meet the union's demands.
NAN reports that the strike will be "taken over unresolved labor issues with multinationals operating in the oil and gas industry."