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NUPENG halts strike after face-off with Shell Posted

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers have called off their strike which began on Tuesday.

The strike was suspended on Wednesday afternoon after members of the union and the management of Shell reached an agreement.

The President, NUPENG, Mr. Achese Igwe, told our correspondent that Shell had agreed to the terms of the union, adding that the GMD, NNPC, Mr. Austin Oniwon, attended the meeting.

He said, "We have suspended the industrial action because a commitment has been made by Shell management. It was made by the MD himself and the GMD of NNPC also signed as a witness in the presence of everyone in attendance to see that these issues as regards the Shell branch vis-à-vis employee statements pertaining the nonpayment of those that were retired from Shell or sacked indiscriminately are all being paid."

NUPENG had accused Shell of anti-labour activities, demanding compensation for contracted employees of the oil firm laid off without benefits after serving the company for over 15 years.

Igwe said the meeting ended after Shell agreed to settle the union within the next one week, adding that the union would seek avenues to stop inhumane treatment of its members by foreign firms operating in Nigeria.

He said, "We have agreed that by next week all these issues will be resolved and in one week all the entitlements and disagreements will be over."

Meanwhile, there was heavy traffic in Marina, Lagos on Wednesday as NUPENG picketed the headquarters of the Anglo/Dutch giant.

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