Fuel crisis looms, as oil workers mobilise nationwide strike over unresolved issues

04 July 2016, Lagos –  One of Nigeria’s oil workers unions, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, (PENGASSAN), has directed its members to prepare for strike from Thursday over some unresolved industry issues with the federal government.

Pengassan_1In a statement, Monday, PENGASSAN directed its four zones to sensitize members for the planned strike.

The statement, signed by the spokesperson for the group, Lumumba Okugbawa, recalled the May 24, 2016 inconclusive negotiation with the government on issues affecting the oil industry.

The oil workers said a meeting with government, which was scheduled for June 23, was moved at the last minute to June 30.

The negotiation failed to resume even on that new date, as the planned meeting was again unceremoniously cancelled, with no new appointment given, the group said.

“We see this as a deliberate attempt by government to frustrate the discussion of the myriad of issues raised in the (May 24, 2016) Communiqué, which are critical to the survival of the oil and gas industry in the country,” the statement said.

 The group recalled the issues raised with government during its May 24, 2016 meeting to include the huge joint venture/cash call arrears, which it said was stalling new investments and frustrating the creation of new jobs in the industry, as well as causing massive job losses among its members.
 – Premium Times
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