PENGASSAN will shut down oil sector in 7 days except this is done

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has given the government 7 days to call employers of labour in the oil sector to order over what the union described as anti-labour practices.

PENGASSAN in a statement by its National PRO, Emmanuel Ojugbana, said the union would shut down the oil sector if in 7 days the employers in the industry failed to put an end to their anti-labor practices.

PENGASSAN also said despite agreement reached between the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, employers, and the two trade unions in the industry (PENGASSAN and the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG), some employers still fired some of their workers including national officers of PENGASSAN.

“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 concern organisations including H15, IEME Chevron, Universal Energy, Chevron Contracts Tecon and Avion Oil and Fugro should resolve the critical industrial relation issues in their companies; particularly in 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 (7) days effective Monday, June 20, 2016. As a major stakeholder in the oil and gas industry, we are again calling on the NAPIMS to put in place a clear policy statement against frequent redundancy plans by operators under the guise of fluctuating crude oil prices.”

The union also said, “The effect of non-payment has led to thousands of job losses across the sectors and non-creation of new jobs against the backdrop of the electoral promises of employment generation by the current government. A stitch in time saves nine.”

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