Oil workers threaten to go on strike again

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has threatened that its members will go on strike if the Federal Government fails to honour the agreements reached at a reconciliation meeting in July.

The association made the threat in a letter dated August 22, 2016, signed by the acting General Secretary, Lumumba Okugbawa and addressed to the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige.

PENGASSAN urged the Federal Government to to implement the agreements in order to avert another nationwide strike of oil workers.

The letter read in part, “It is over a month now since the last Communique was reached and we can say in summation that no much progress has been achieved. This of course is making our members restive and we are under tremendous pressure to bring about a total resolution on all the contending issues.

“We are constrained therefore to note with great dismay that most of the companies are foot-dragging and have resorted to time-wasting tactics in order to deliberately frustrate the process.

“We are therefore, based on the above, requesting that you use your good office to intervene by calling on the managements of these companies to quickly implement these resolutions as it affects them.

“Else we will be left with no alternative than to succumb to the pressure from our members and do what needs to be done in furtherance of our mandate.”

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