PENGASSAN suspends strike as NLC negotiates with Federal Government

Martha Obi, Abuja

The ultimatum by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN to embark on a nationwide strike has been suspended.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige and the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.

Dr. Kachikwu said that his Ministry was restructuring the operational modalities of the Joint Venture Cash Call especially in view of the low oil prices but assured the union, the JVCC partners and other stakeholders of positive and agreeable results when the meeting reconvenes in late June. 

Senator Ngige who hosted the meeting promised   that the Oil Industry Stakeholders’ committee dealing with the issues of labour malpractices like long contracting of staff, casualization and unilateral declaration of redundancy by the oil contractors and the International Oil Companies on the one hand, as well as the unnecessary and incessant issuing of threats of strike by the unions would resume next month”.

In his remarks, the National President of PENGASSAN, Comrade Francis Johnson thanked the two Ministers for the elucidative and insightful responses to their agitations and gave assurance that the union was quite satisfied with the position of government on issues in conflict.

Meanwhile the negotiation between the Federal Government and Comrade Ayuba Wabba led NLC will reconvene 25th May, 2016 at 2:00 pm at conference hall of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.