By Victor Ahiuma-Young
Abuja—THE two unions in the nation’s oil and gas industry; Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG and its Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN counterpart, have given government tips on how to guarantee industrial peace in the sector.
NUPENG and PENGASSAN resolved that they can only guarantee industrial peace and harmony in the sector if the government halts the increasing anti-labour policies and increasing impunities of the International Oil Companies, IOCs, and their indigenous counterparts.
At their joint National Administrative Council, NAC, and National Executive Council, NEC, meetings on the umbrella of NUPENGASSAN, they decried increasing impunities and anti labour policies of most indigenous and multinational oil companies in the country.
Speaking after the meeting, President of PENGASSAN and Chairman of NUPENGASSAN, Comrade Olabode Johnson, lamented that the situation was compounded by the inability of the Federal Government to frontally address the situation because the ministry saddled with that task was handicapped and lacked understanding of the situation.
Johnson said: “The situation was compounded by the fact that the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment that is supposed to be the watchdog in the areas of compliance with extant labour laws is unfortunately handicapped because of poor understanding of the contract processing and workings in the oil and gas industry. The Council noted that many of the cases referred to the ministry are not properly and adequately handled, thus leaving the workers and the union frustrated.”