NCDMB management, workers at loggerhead over promotion, pension

09 May 2015, Lagos – Employees of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) may embark on strike if the management of the Board fail to address issues relating to staff promotion, pension remittance and unionisation in the organisation.

The workers, under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), said the inability of the NCDMB management to respond to the issues raised by them prompted them to issue a 14 working day ultimatum, which will expire Friday, May 8, 2015.

In the strike noticed issued by the Port Harcourt Zone of PENGASSAN, dated April 24, 2015, the workers stated that the management violated extant labour laws and practices concerning promotion, payment of non-regular allowances, allowing willing employees to join union and pension remittance.

The union demanded that the management should constitute a promotion committee made up of all general managers from various directorates and divisions in the Board, adding that the demand became inevitable as a result of avoidable communication gaps that exist during promotion exercise.

According to the workers, some staff members were not promoted during the last exercise due to communication gaps between the board management and the management staff of the directorates and divisions that made up of the NCDMB.

The workers demanded that staff members affected due to such lapses should be promoted without further delay.

They also advised the management not to encourage selective promotion as such may cause disaffection among the staff.

The workers called on the NCDMB management to cancel a promotion examination conducted for staff on level SS4 as obtainable in other government agencies and parastatals in the oil and gas sector of the economy, such as the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Petroleum Equalisation Fund Monitoring Board (PEFMB) and Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), among others.
The senior staff also called the management to promote all those affected by the examination result, while urging that all promotion should be backdated based on the normal three years promotion basis as was used in previous promotion and in other government agencies and parastatals.

The workers also requested that all senior staff of the organisation eligible to be members of the union should be allowed without interference or intimidation by the management.

On pension remittance, the workers observed that in the last nine months, the management has stopped remitting pension deducted from staff salary into Retirement Savings Accounts (RSA) of individual staff Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs).

The workers therefore condemned this as a violation of the 2004 Pension Reform Act and demanded that the management should without delay commence remittance and payment of the arrears from June 2014 till date.

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