The Chairman, South-West Chapter, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Tokunbo Korodo, on Thursday said that the union would still go on strike if Federal Government privatised refineries.
NUPENG and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) on Dec. 31 shelved planned nationwide strike over the government?s plan to privatise its four refineries.
The strike was scheduled to begin on Jan.1. Korodo said in Lagos that it was improper for the government to privatise the refineries without consulting stakeholders in oil and gas.
?It is ridiculous that the Federal Government did not deem it fit to deliberate with our union before it went on air to announce a plan to privatise refineries.
?When it privatises the four refineries, most of the workers will be thrown into the labour market again.
?The government has not negotiated with the workers on their severance package or what the future will hold for them,? he said.
The chairman said that the union had yet to schedule a date for discussions with government officials on the issue.
He gave the assurance that NUPENG would not go on strike until it met with government representatives.
Korodo, however, said that the union had already informed members nationwide to proceed on strike if the government began the process of the privatisation.
According to him, the government will begin the process of the privatisation in the first quarter of 2014.