The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has threatened nationwide strike if some industrial issues especially anti-labour practices by some employers in the oil and gas industry were not addressed within 21 days.
The threat was made public in a statement issued on Sunday by Mr Fortune Obi, PENGASSAN’s Public Relation Officer (PRO) in Lagos.
The senior staff trade union had issued the ultimatum after its Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting in Abuja last Wednesday.
Obi said that PENGASSAN would shut down activities of the companies nationwide if they failed to resolve the industrial issues with the workers.
He added that the 21-day ultimatum to stakeholders in the oil and gas industry was necessary due to persistent anti-labour practices by the management of some companies in the sector.
The spokesman therefore called on the relevant stakeholders to address issues of concern affecting its members within the stipulated days to avert the consequences of its next line of action.
“PENGASSAN in the last three years has not only been excessively stretched but equally unnecessarily over-burdened and is fast running out of patience over the loss of will by various managements to attend to industrial/welfare issues.
“Particularly frustrating is the sustained, deliberate and indiscriminate redundancies, sack, casualization, ill-treatment, adverse work condition, incessant disagreement to collective bargain resolutions and other anti-labour practices against our members by these managements without recourse to extant labour laws,” Obi said.
According to him, the companies include, Fugro, Sterling Global, Indorama Petrochemical Company, Baker Hughes and General Electric.
Others are Universal Energy, Frontier Energy, Vam Onne, Neconde Energy and ObiJackson Group, SDF, Ciscon, Tecon, Obax, Pan Ocean, NNPC Retail Limited, ExxonMobil and Petrobras.