Normalcy returns to total blending plant as NUPENG suspends strike
Normalcy yesterday returned to Total Nigeria Plc Blending Plant in Lagos after four days of protest by members of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) at the lubricant section over anti-labour activities of the company.
The workers resumed after suspending their protest on Thursday evening, following a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the management and the labour contractor, Jomog Nigeria Ltd.
At the blending plant at Kirikiri Road, Apapa, the two trailers used to block the entrance had been removed and workers were seeing at their different duty posts.
Chairman of Total Blending Plant chapter of NUPENG, Gude Michaels, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that workers had resumed work.Michaels said: “As a result of the agreement reached between the union, representing the workers, the labour contractor and Total management, we have resumed work today.
“We thank the union, Total and the labour contractor for resolving the issues amicably. After all, there is no job loss and the status quo remains.”
Speaking earlier, Southwest Chairman of NUPENG, Tokunbo Korodo, said all parties regretted the incident caused by their actions, adding that the union had acknowledged the economic situation of the country as it related to the company’s position on the matter.
He said Total had agreed not to victimise any workers as a result of their industrial actions.Managing Director of Jomog Nigeria Limited, a labour contractor, assured workers that the company would follow all agreement reached with all parties in the MoU.
Citing termination of employment, NUPENG had earlier ordered directed all workers in Total downstream to stop work until the management allows workers to unionise.
He said the management of the oil firm had been resisting the unionisation of workers under its contract programme at its blending plants in Lagos, Kaduna and Koko (Delta State and had moved further to terminate the appointment of those workers who had joined the union, in spite of its (union’s) efforts to resolve the issue amicably.In compliance of that directive, the workers at the firm’s blending plant at Kirikiri, Apapa blocked the entrance of the gate with two trailers.
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