PENGASSAN suspends its one-week strike

Martha Obi, Abuja

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) on Wednesday in Abuja suspended its nationwide one-week strike.

PENGASSAN had embarked on an indefinite strike on July 7 over some issues, including the alleged mass sacking of its members by various oil and gas companies

The president of the association, Mr Johnson Olabode, announced the suspension at the end of its National Executive Council meeting.

“NEC met to appraise the industrial action after an extensive debate with the representatives of the Federal Government the following provisions were reached.

“NEC in session in conciliation of the issues during the meeting with the Federal Government has accepted to show understanding.

“Two, NEC in session, in the spirit of patriotism has been satisfied with the outcome of the meeting with the Federal Government thereby suspending the current nationwide industrial action effective immediately.

“The Association leadership hereby directs our members that from today July 13, everybody should return to their respective offices.”

Olabode commended his colleagues for their struggle to move the association forward.

The meeting was deferred to July 19 and 21 for the negotiations to be concluded

Earlier the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Nigige had urged the union to suspend its strike as deliberations continued with government.

He stated that the some of the agreements reached between the government and the union include tackling the issue of insurgency and pipeline vandalism, security of oil workers.

He further added that the tripartite meeting agreed to include the new model of the Joint Venture arrangement by the Petroleum Resource Ministry and the Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation.