Oil workers threaten fresh strike

Posted by News Express | 2 September 2016 | 2,071 times

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Oil Workers in Nigeria have threatened a fresh strike action unless the government implements some of it agreement with its union.

The workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) had in July suspended a strike following talks with the government.

The workers suspended the strike after the government decided to review issues on job security, casualisation of workers and improved welfare as demanded by the workers.

Now PENGASSAN have threatened to embark on a fresh strike action because according to them, the government has not kept to their side of the agreement.

The body in a letter addressed to the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, asked the minister to intervene in the situation.

It said if the minister fails to intervene it “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.”

Nigeria, which is Africa’s biggest economy and top oil producer, has been hit hard by the slump in oil revenues, its lifeblood.

The country relies on crude sales for about 70 percent of its government revenues.

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.”

The union listed companies refusing to honour their own part of the agreement to include Mobil Producing Nigeria Contract Staff Forum, Fugro Nigeria Limited, Petrostuff Nigeria, Tecon, Frontier Oil Limited, Universal Energy Resources Limited, Pan Ocean, Halliburton Energy Services Nigeria Limited, CISCON, and Baker Hughes, among others. (TV360 Nigeria)


Source: News Express

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