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PENGASSAN threatens strike action over expatriate quota

By Jimitota Onoyume

Port Harcourt – Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has threatened to call out its members in Rivers state on strike should the management of Remm/Siramex, an oil servicing company in Port Harcourt fail to address what it termed abuse of its expatriate  quota.

Meanwhile, workers of the firm have shut down operations in the company over the same allegation

In separate chat with the Vanguard, zonal Industrial relations officer of PENGASSAN, Mr. Chika Onuegbu and the company’s chairman of the union, Mr. Owolabi Johnson said the management of the firm had continued to violate rules regulating the operations of expatriate staff in the country.

They said the management was flooding the firm with expatriates that were not relevant to the operations of the place.

According to them, some of the expatriates brought in come to learn the job from locals yet they are paid all kinds of allowances that outweigh what the locals get. “They come for non technical issues. The even come to learn and the Nigerians teach them yet they take all kinds of allowances”

Continuing, the workers said they were forced to embark on the protest when it became clear that management was not set to honour agreement reached with PENGASSAN on the expatriate issue. The workers also said the firm had failed to provide workers with life insurance which was part of agreements reached during the meeting with PENGASSAN.

Meanwhile, when Vanguard met with the secretary of the firm, Mr. Albert Kemkpa for comments he declined, saying he is  also a staff of the organisation.


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