PENGASSAN strike: Why we suspended strike

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has suspended the indefinite nationwide strike they declared last Friday to protest unfair labour practices against its members by management of Neconde Energy Ltd (of Nestoil Group of companies).

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The union accused the company of entrenching unfriendly Labour practices in contravention of the nation’s Labour laws and failing to remit taxes and pensions deducted from workers to government.

Neconde Energy Ltd (of Nestoil Group of companies) was also accused of wrongfully terminating the employment of some of its workers who belong to PENGASSAN and boasting that no government official can call it to order.

After a quick intervention of the Director of the State Security Service, SSS, Lawan Daura, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, the union of senior oil workers have called off the strike.

Addressing newsmen after a meeting, National President of PENGASSAN, Francis Olabode Johnson announced that Neconde Energy Ltd has unconditionally agreed to recall all their sacked staff and take steps to allow their employees to be members of the union.

Francis added that the agreement signed between the union and the management of Neconde Energy Ltd was subject to review after three months to determine the adherence of the company to the details of the resolution.

He said that the meeting also resolved to address the anti-union posture of other indigenous companies and their abuse of court processes to stall resolution of issues

Prior to the meeting, the oil workers had issued a 72-hour ultimatum to government to intervene over allegations of anti-workers’ practices perpetrated against some of its members working in Neconde Energy Limited.

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