PENGASSAN Declare Nationwide strike!

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has declared a nationwide strike, sparking fears of fuel scarcity in the country. PENGASSAN President, Festus Osifo, confirmed the union’s position during his appearance on Sunrise Daily on Monday. “Today, PENGASSAN has declared a strike,” he said in an interview on the Channels Television breakfast programme. He added, “Today our members are sitting at home and we will continually watch the situation and if we need to rev it up, we will definitely rev it up.” Osifo explained that the industrial action followed the inability of the Federal Government to address the issues raised by the oil and gas workers. He stated that the union had given the government a seven-day ultimatum in a statement issued on Monday last week to respond to the issues. Another issue that is of concern to the union, according to the PENGASSAN president, is that relating to the action of a private oil company. He accused the company of destroying PENGASSAN structure in its workforce, stressing that the management sacked literarily all union executive members and went ahead to lock members out for a very long time. The major issues raised by the oil and gas workers were a fallout of the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) by the government regarding the payment of salaries. In his reaction, Osifo accused the government of negligence in the manner it was handling the issues, saying that has led the union to take the decision to go on strike. He stated that the union made several attempts to resolve the issues raised as a result of the shortfall in workers’ salaries and arrears. “It is negligence on the part of the government representatives, that we are where we are today.” While the union said that it does not have a preference for any tool used by the government to pay salaries, workers’ remuneration must be paid without any shortfall. Osifo decried[…]

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PENGASSAN begins strike Monday as FG fails to meet demands.

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria has directed its members to withdraw nationwide services effective 12 midnight on Sunday, November 8 2020 as the Federal government fails to meet their demand. The Association had earlier announced its plans to shut down oil and gas facilities and distribution of petroleum products across the country over the breach of agreement on the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System to their members by the Federal Government. Also, the association had vowed to withdraw its services over government’s failure to pay arrears of 22 months owed their members working with Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority. The association had issued a 7-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to urgently address the situation among others. “The association has taken to picketing the facilities of the company after locking out 64 of their members in total disregard to all the directives of Ministry of Labour and DPR while agreement on the redundancy has is yet to be reached by parties involved. “We were informed that the Department of Petroleum Resources has threatened to withdraw all the operating licenses it has issued to the BakerHughes due to the company’s non-compliance to regulatory standards in releasing oil and gas workers in Nigeria.” The association which noted in a letter signed by its general Secretary, Lumumba Ighotemu Okugbawa, said that upon the expiration of the ultimatum, nothing concrete has been done with regard the outstanding issues as enumerated in the letter has advised its members to withdraw nationwide service. “With view of the above and with the expiration of the ultimatum and with subsequent extension, you are hereby advised to withdraw your services effective 12 midnight on sunday, November 8 2020. “Please ensure that your Branch member fully comply With this directive while you await further directive”. “All zonal offices are to monitor compliance and report same to the National Secretariat.”

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