The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers has threatened to embark on strike within the next 48 hours if the management of the Port Harcourt Refinery Company fails to withdraw the decision to sack over 175 casual workers who are its members.

The Port Harcourt zone of the union warned that it would order tanker drivers, petrol station workers, and others to withdraw their services in solidarity with the sacked workers.

Chairman of the union in the zone, Mr. Mina Samuel, who issued the threat while addressing newsmen in Port Harcourt said it was unfortunate that while the world was putting palliative measures in place and protecting workers’ rights, the refinery was terminating the appointments of workers.

He, therefore, advised that the Port Harcourt Refinery management should engage the union once normalcy returns to the state.