The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), has given a 14 days ultimatum to SDF Nigeria Limited, an indigenous oil servicing ompany operating in Trans Amadi area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, to pay up the backlog of salary arrears owed its staff or face sanctions.
The Chairman of the Port Harcourt Zonal Council of NUPENG, Comrade Godwin Eruba gave the hint during a chat with The Tide in his office in Port Harcourt, recently.
According to the NUPENG boss, the union received complaints from staff of SDF, that they are yet to receive salary for the past six months.
Part of the complaints of the staff, the NUPENG chairman said, was casualisation of workers and non-provision of condition of service.
Comrade Eruba described the defiant tendencies of some companies in complying to labour regulations as indigenous colonialism, and stated that NUPENG will join forces with other related bodies to check the ugly trend.
According to Comrade Eruba, NUPENG had kicked against the Petroleum Industry Bill because it tends to give impunity to indigenous firms to treat workers with disregard.
He added that the issue of victimisation and casualisation of staff was predominant among indigenous companies, and demanded that the PIB should be amended to cover up such lapses.