The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) have suspended their strike after a meeting with the Federal Government on Wednesday.
The oil workers suspended its strike after the meeting with the FG that ended at about 1:00am Wednesday. The meeting was attended by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, the oil unions and international companies.
Issues bothering on job security, causalisation of workers and improved welfare were discussed at the meeting.
The Labour Minister, Dr. Ngige appealed to the companies not to lay off workers as government is trying to make the environment more conducive for their businesses.
The unions had on July 7 declared a strike over unresolved issues affecting the smooth operation of the oil and gas industry.
The unresolved issues according to the union included the non-implementation of the 2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the federal government and the unions.
Non-implementation of the Petroleum Industry Bill and the state under which the oil workers operate, especially the lack of power and bad roads.
Backlog of cash call arrears dating back to 2014, which had greatly hampered the ability of the joint venture partners with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to discharge their obligations both to the industry and their workers.
Other issues include the poor state of the country’s refineries and the massive waste of resources on turn around maintenance (TAM); continued importation of petroleum products; on-going industry reforms and NNPC restructuring as well as the politicisation of the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).