Nigerian oil workers are on the verge of a strike action due to what they described as ‘anti-labour practices’ by some employers in their companies.
Oil workers under the auspices of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have issued a seven-day ultimatum within which employers should end all anti-labour practices in their companies or risk an industrial action that would totally ground the oil and gas industry.
In a statement issued on Saturday, the senior staff trade union accused some organisations in the industry of sacking some of its members without the relevant terms of agreement.
According to the spokesperson of union, Emmanuel Ojugbana, despite the tripartite agreement between the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, employers, and the two trade unions in the industry – PENGASSAN and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), some employers still went ahead to sack its members, including some national officers.
Mr. Ojugbana said despite the agreement that employers should put on hold redundancy in the industry, the managements of some service companies, namely Fugro, Universal Energy, Frontier Services and Petrostuff, went ahead to sack their workers.’
The statement read: “I want to reiterate our demands that the Federal Government and the concern organisations including H15, IEME Chevron, Universal Energy, Chevron Contracts Tecon and Avion Oil and Fugro should resolve the critical industrial relation issues in their companies, particularly in the recent retrenchment in Fugro and Petrostuff should be reversed.
“Let us stated unequivocally that industrial peace in the oil and gas sector will not be guaranteed if these issues, especially the retrenchment in Fugro, are not resolved within seven days effective Monday, June 20, 2016.”
“The effect of non-payment has led to thousands of job losses across the sectors and non-creation of new jobs against the backdrop of the electoral promises of employment generation by the current government. A stitch in time saves nine.”