Fuel Scarcity Looms As Oil Workers Threaten Strike Action

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NUPENG: Petroleum Workers Call Off Strike

Oil workers in Nigeria have threatened to resume their suspended strike if the Federal Government refused to honour the implementation of the tripartite agreement reached with them and other partners in the industry.

The oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) made the threat in a letter dated August 22, 2016, signed by the acting General Secretary, Lumumba Okugbawa and addressed to the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige.

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In the letter, the union urged the minister to intervene, by prevailing on the defaulting parties to implement the agreement to avert another round of nationwide strike.

The letter read in part, “It is over a month now since the last Communique was reached and we can say in summation that no much progress has been achieved. This of course is making our members restive and we are under tremendous pressure to bring about a total resolution on all the contending issues.

“We are constrained therefore to note with great dismay that most of the companies are foot-dragging and have resorted to time-wasting tactics in order to deliberately frustrate the process.

“We are therefore, based on the above, requesting that you use your good office to intervene by calling on the managements of these companies to quickly implement these resolutions as it affects them.

“Else we will be left with no alternative than to succumb to the pressure from our members and do what needs to be done in furtherance of our mandate.”



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