The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has threatened to begin a strike in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) over a dispute with the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCOM).
Addressing journalists in Abuja, the National President of NUPENG, Comrade Igwe Achese, who issued the two-week threat notice in Abuja, expressed displeasure over the breakdown of negotiation between the Union and management of AMCON for the inability to pay the N3 billion terminal benefits for disengaged staff of Seawolf Drilling company, River State.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to dissolve his cabinet for nonperformance, saying that it was high time the President injected new blood that could rescue the nation.
Achese hoped that the two weeks grace which NUPENG had extended to the government may attract the necessary intervention.
He said, “For the past four years we have been discussing the issue of redundancy and closure of Seawolf of which AMCOM which is a federal agency took over since 2013.
“It is very unfortunate to state clearly those workers of the company that AMCOM took over, AMCOM has refused to pay them their terminal benefits since 2013 and therefore the union in a very strong resolution is requesting the federal government to prevail on AMCOM to open windows for dialogue to pay these Seawolf workers whom they took over.
“Of course you will agree with me that taking over a company such as the case of AMCOM; you are taking both liabilities and assets and as such we have written series of letters to the Ministry of Petroleum, Ministry of Labour to the security agencies the DSS and all agencies expected to be notified on this issue.
“We are aware that AMCOM instead of paying these workers and negotiating the terminal benefits of these workers have decided to take the matter to court and we are faced with series of adjournment since 2013.
“We, therefore, have no choice as a union than to write an open letter to Mr President and the Acting President to take all necessary steps to address the issues of Seawolf and that of Chevron.
“However, we gave notice to Federal Government in our earlier letters that failure to address these issues, the NEC in session has taken a decision that within two weeks of not addressing these issues, NUPENG will withdraw her services into Abuja and its environs.
“At this point, we are also directing all our workers like the tanker drivers in the entire country to begin to wear red cloths and also carry leaves on their trucks in readiness for this struggle”.