Oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have resolved to suspend the planned nationwide strike.
The suspension was announced on Monday afternoon by PENGASSAN National Public Relations Officer, Fortune Obi, in a statement in Lagos.
According to him, the union suspended the strike following the intervention of the Ministers of Labour and Productivity as well as that of Petroleum Resources.
The union embarked on the strike to protest the sacking of some employees of NECONDE Oil Limited.
The PENGASSAN spokesman said that the management of NECONDE oil Limited and its legal consultants have offered a letter of recall to the sacked employees of the company.
Obi said that the company’s management also agreed to allow the union to exist in the company.
According to him, the Minister of Labour and the union also agreed to resolve anti-union posture by other indigenous companies and marginal field operators.
Obi said that both parties would meet in the second week of January 2018 to look at the issues.
Also speaking, the National President of PENGASSAN, Francis Johnson, said the suspension was done in the spirit of the forthcoming yuletide season.
“In the spirit of the yuletide, on behalf of the National Executive Council, NEC, of PENGASSAN, the Central Working Committee, CWC, hereby suspends the nationwide strike with immediate effect and all members are to resume normal duties immediately,” Mr. Johnson said late on Monday.
Neconde had on October 5 terminated the appointment of Babatunde Animashaun, a Gas Petroleum Engineer and Chairman of the oil company’s Chapter of PENGASSAN.
Apart from Mr. Animashaun’s sack, the management of the company was said to have engaged in activities the oil workers said were aimed at stifling unionism in Neconde.