Oil Workers Threaten to Start Nationwide Strike on December 18
Oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) on Thursday threatened to embark on a nationwide strike on December 18.
The threat comes barely 24 hours after members of the Lagos chapter of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, suspended their planned strike after accusing the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation of under-supplying association’s members with petrol, The Punch reports.
In a statement PENGASSAN said it is giving the government a seven-day notice before it begins to shut down all oil and gas installations in the country. The association said the planned strike was to protest the unfair labour practices of some indigenous oil and gas companies and marginal field operators.
It said one of the resolutions in the communiqué issued at the end of its National Executive Council meeting of October 13, 2017 held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, was the condemnation of indigenous oil and gas companies and marginal field operators.
PENGASSAN said the unnamed companies were condemned for “their anti-labour posture and practices, including the termination of the employment of any worker who has indicated willingness to belong to the union.
“Those who are threatened and compelled to disown the union are then treated as slave workers within their own country,” the union added.
It stated that having explored all options to resolve the matter it has no choice but to embark on the planned strike if the Federal Government does not prevail on the companies to recall their sacked workers.
The organisation then ask Nigerians to show understanding and use the period of the ultimatum to buy petrol and other petroleum products that would last them through the festive period and the strike will go on indefinitely.