Barely two weeks after the strike declared by members of the organized labour that paralysed activities across the country, Nigerians may be subjected to another round of fuel scarcity as petroleum tanker drivers yesterday stopped the lifting of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) nationwide.
The secretary-general, South West Zone of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Tokunbo Korodo, told newsmen on phone that the decision to shut down operations nationwide was to protest the continuous anti-union activities of Shell Nigeria.
“As I speak to you now, none of the depots is loading PMS nationwide. There is a total strike to show our disapproval of such activities by Shell,” Korodo confirmed.
Korodo said the union was determined to stop the oil giant from muzzling the workers into accepting bad conditions of service, adding that the union would also picket all Shell installations nationwide to express their grievances against the inhuman treatment of workers on their payroll.
He said NUPENG would continue to give solidarity to members of the union to protect their interests, saying that the strike would be indefinite until it receives positive response from the management of Shell.
The NUPENG scribe said the decision became necessary after several overtures made to the company failed to produce the desired results.
Meanwhile, NUPENG has faulted the denial of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) that it deducted N4, 896,000 from workers’ salaries and has threatened to picket the company’s formations across the country if the money is not refunded.The union accused Shell of collecting N3,060,000 at first, and another N1, 836,000 from employees without their permission.
NUPENG, in a statement by its general-secretary, Comrade Elijah Okougbo, said: “We state categorically that SPDC has embarked on conflicting statements and the use of double standard with regards to the illegal deductions from its workers’ salaries.