PENGASSAN threatens strike over anti-labour practices

Gives IOCs seven-day ultimatum

Pengassan_1Kunle Kalejaye 19 June 2016, Sweetcrude, Lagos – Oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, have threatened to shut down operations in the nation’s oil and gas industry if some employers in the industry did not stop their anti-labour practices.

The senior staff trade union issued a seven-day ultimatum within which employers in the industry should put an end to all anti-labour practices in their companies, falling which the nation will face an industrial action that will lead to a total shut down of the oil and gas industry.

Other industrial issues raised by the Association include the review of the lingering irregular Joint Venture funding and Cash Call payment arrears, lack of a clear cut direction on the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, and forceful co-option of government agencies in the industry into the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System.

In a statement signed by its National Public Relations Officer, Comrade Emmanuel Ojugbana, the Association said that despite agreement reached between the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, employers and the two trade unions in the industry, some employers still went ahead to severe employment of some workers, including national officers of PENGASSAN.

Ojugbana said, “Despite the agreement that employers should put on hold redundancy in the industry, some managements such as Fugro, Universal Energy, Frontier Services and Petrostuff went ahead to sack many of our members, including key union officers and national officer.

“I want to reiterate our demands that the Federal Government and the concerned organisations, including H15, IEME Chevron, Universal Energy, Chevron, Contracts Tecon, Avion Oil and Fugro should resolve the critical industrial relation issues in their companies; particularly the recent retrenchment in Fugro and Petrostuff should be reversed.

“Let us state unequivocally that industrial peace in the oil and gas sector will not be guaranteed if these issues, especially the retrenchment in Fugro, are not resolved within seven days, effective Monday, June 20, 2016.

“As a major stakeholder in the oil and gas industry, we are again calling on NAPIMS to put in place a clear policy statement against frequent redundancy plans by operators under the guise of fluctuating crude oil prices.”

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