The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has issued a 7-day ultimatum to the Federal Government over policies against labour by some oil companies.
PENGASSAN, in October, had issued a warning after a national executive council (NEC) meeting, over the sack of some oil workers who were members of the association.
What PENGASSAN said:
General Secretary of PENGASSAN, Lumumba Okugbawa, in a statement on Thursday accused the Federal Government of doing nothing about the sack of the workers.
“The case of Oildata Services in Port Harcourt and Neconde Energy Ltd (Nestoil) are particularly worrisome as the issue of dignity in labour and infringement on workers’ rights to freedom of association mass sack of workers that joined the union and dehumanisation of same in total disregard to rule of engagement and the laws of the land,” he said.
“We called on regulatory agencies…federal ministry of labour and employment, ministry of petroleum resources to call them to order but this has not been the case.
“Having explored all options… and an apparent failure of relevant authorities of government to call to order these recalcitrant organisations, PENGASSAN gives the federal government and its relevant agencies seven days notice to embark on nationwide strike effective December 18.”