BY VICTOR AHIUMA YOUNG
ABUJA— PETROLEUM and Natural Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, and Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, weekend, suspended their three-day nationwide warning strike that would have commenced today and gave Federal Government one month to address their grievances.
The suspension followed a communiqué reached at a stakeholders meeting called by the Federal Government through the Ministry of Labour and Productivity to apprehend the planned strike because of its socio-economic implications.
The oil workers in a notice to government through PENGASSAN had listed about 21 disputes and grievances including unfair labour practices and insecurity of jobs and threatened to begin a three-day warning strike today should government fail to address their grievances.
At the stakeholders’ meeting attended by leaders of NUPENG, PENGASSAN, Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, MOAN and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and officials of the Ministry of Labour, Government asked to be given some staggered period to address the issue raised.
It was agreed that the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Justice shall endeavour to gazette the guidelines on labour administration issues in contract Staffing/Outsourcing in the Oil and Gas Sector.