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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ASUU Meeting End In Deadlock After Seven Month Strike

On Wednesday, the meeting between leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and the Federal Government ended in deadlock. Students, members of the union and Nigerians were hoping that the result of the ASUU meeting would be a favorable one which will pave way for resumption of academic activities. There was setback following the absence of the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu and Minister of Finance Mrs. Zainab Ahmed. They were at the National Assembly defending their ministry budget for 2021. Meanwhile, Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, was present at the meetin ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, while speaking after the meeting said, “there was nothing new”. He also refused to say anything further after the meeting which yielded no result after seven-month strike which simply tells that the ASUU strike continues.

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Doctors Begin Strike Action In Ondo State

On Monday, resident Medical Doctors working with hospitals owned by the Ondo State government started delivering skeletal services in protest of several months of unpaid salaries. The medical doctors also threatened to embark on indefinite strike action starting from next Monday, 9 November 2020,  if the government fails to attend to their demands. These medical practitioners accused the government of owing them four months unpaid salaries. Dr Taiwo Olagbe, spokesman of the aggrieved doctors, said it was detrimental for other workers who are under health management board to receive their regular salaries while resident doctors were made to thole. He therefore, called upon the government to address their condition and impelled well-meaning Nigerians to also prevail on the government to pay their dues.

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ASSU, NASU, SSANU Begins 14days Warning Strike!

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), on Friday, asked its members to commence a 14-day warning strike. The directive was given by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the two unions in a statement. The statement was jointly signed by Prince Peters Adeyemi for NASU and Comrade Samson Ugwoke for SSANU SSANU and NASU asked members to embark on the warning strike beginning from 5th to 19th, October 2020. According to the unions, the strike had become necessary due to the inconsistencies of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) in the payment of salaries of members of the two unions. The statement read,” Following the recent directives from the National Universities Commission to Vice-Chancellors for immediate resumption/safe reopening of universities you are hereby directed to commence a 14-day warning strike effective from 5th to 19th, October 2020.” Among the demands of the unions are ‘Non-payment of Arrears of Earned Allowance being owed NASU and SSANU members despite various Memoranda of Understanding; non-payment of arrears of national minimum wage to members; non-payment of retirement benefits to outgone members and lack of seriousness by government in the renegotiation of 2009 FGN/NASU and SSANU agreements. Others include usurpation of the headship of non-teaching units by academic staff in violation of conditions of service and establishments; neglect and poor funding of state universities, corruption in the university system and none constitution of Visitation Panel for the universities in line with the laws. NASU and SSANU said the 14-day warning strike is a prelude to a full-blown, total and indefinite industrial action if the demands of the unions are not properly addressed.

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FG to Pay Workers Salaries Inspite of Strike – AGF

Following the commencement of the indefinite strike action embarked on by the Organised labour, The Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Ahmed Idris has restated his commitment to pay salaries of all workers on the Federal Government payroll in spite of the on-going Labour strike. Mr. Ahmed Idris gave this commitment today while speaking to Newsmen at the Treasury House in Abuja. “ We have a standing order from Mr. President to pay workers salaries from the 25th of every month, which we have striven hard to fulfill to Nigerian workers and this month will not be an exception” maintained the AGF.

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