FG begs PENGASSAN over planned strike

  • FG begs PENGASSAN over planned strike

FG begs PENGASSAN over planned strike

According to the statement, the Minister of Labour, Senator Ngige and the leadership of PENGASSAN agreed to endeavor to resolve alleged anti-union posture by other indigenous companies and marginal field operators.

PENGASSAN, whose members are mostly managers in the upstream oil industry, began industrial action on Monday over layoffs made by a Nigerian oil and gas company.

"Following the failure of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, to settle the rift between this body (PENGASSAN) and Neconde, the management of PENGASSAN has agreed to start the strike on Monday night (December 18th, 2017)", Mr. Fortune Obi spokesman for the Union said a statement.

The oil union and Neconde had been embroiled in a crisis over allegation of anti-worker practices by the firm.

However, before the meeting of its Central Working Committee to take a final decision on the strike, PENGASSAN was inundated with meetings with various government agencies, including the Minister of Labour and Employment and the State Security Service, SSS.

This week, the long queues persist as the PENGASSAN nationwide strike commences.

The union's action follows the expiration of an ultimatum it gave to the Federal Government to address issues which they consider detrimental to the welfare of their members.

The announcement by PENGASSAN to proceed on strike is believed to have worsened the fuel scarcity across the country as marketers hoarded the product in anticipation of the strike and petrol users resorted to panic buying.

It was not clear whether tanker drivers squeezed supply to stations to solidarise with their striking senior colleagues or some stations chose to hoard the product and catch in on the industrial action to tamper with the pump price of fuel.