The Nigerian government oil workers have given their employer (FG) two-day ultimatum to address their needs.
The oil workers, National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Associated of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have noted that if the FG does address their needs, they will be forced to commence their suspended 3-day warning strike.
They were protesting the alleged forceful enrollment of their workers in the government’s Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).
An official of PENGASSAN who pleaded anonymity said they have been intimidated by the Federal Government, threatning; “We have already asked our members to be ready for any eventuality.
“So, between Monday and the close of work on Tuesday, if nothing concrete comes from the Federal Government, we will have no option than to direct our members to proceed on three days warning strike from Wednesday, June 24, 2020.”
“We have intimated the Minister of Labour and Employment as well as the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources.
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“Well, the ball is in the court of government to intervene in the matter before it degenerates. Even up till last Friday, we still wrote letters to the government on the need to address the matter.”
Clarifying why the oil workers delayed the commencement of their warning strike, the Secretary General of PENGASSAN, Comrade Lumumba Okugbawa that the union are currently in talks with officials of the government and would provide updates after talks are concluded.
He said, “Refer to our letter dated June 17,2020 on the above subject, which a copy was sent to you.
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“The matter has been apprehended and discussions on going with the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources”.
The oil workers association had written to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Minister of Labour and Employment protesting the decision of the Federal Government to stop the payment of salaries of oil workers in government parastatals yet to be captured on the platform as at Thursday, June 18, 2020.
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