Fuel scarcity: Oil workers suspend ongoing nationwide strike

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN), on Monday said that it has suspended its ongoing strike. PENGASSAM National Public Relations Officer, Fortune Obi, said in a statement in Lagos that the union suspended the strike following intervention of the Ministers of Labour and Productivity as well as that of Petroleum Resources.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that 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. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) met with the State Security Service and other key government agencies, in an effort to avert the planned strike that commenced on Monday, December 18. Before the meeting, the oil workers had issued a 72-hour ultimatum to government to intervene over allegations of anti-workers’ practices perpetrated against some of its members working in Neconde Energy Limited.

In response to the ultimatum, the minister of state for petroleum resources, Ibe Kachikwu, had offered to settle the differences between the union and Neconde Energy Limited.

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