PENGASSAN suspends strike, as oil company set to recall sacked workers
Oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) on Monday afternoon resolved to suspend the planned nationwide strike, BusinessDay can report authoritatively.
This was sequel to the intervention of Ibrahim Daura, Director of Department of State Security (DSS) during a high-powered meeting held in Abuja.
Francis Olabode Johnson, PENGASSAN President, led the oil workers to the meeting, while Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment and his counterpart, Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources represented Federal Government’s team.
The meeting was aimed at averting another round of industrial action, amidst the lingering fuel scarcity.
Checks by BusinessDay in Lagos metropolis on Monday morning showed long queues streaming from filling stations, with negative impact on traffic flow on major roads across the state.
It was noticed that some filling stations especially around Alimosho and Ojo local government areas of the state had started selling above the regulated price of N145 per litre just as hoodlums took advantage of the rowdy situations to demand bribe from motorists who were seen in fierce struggle to gain access into such filling stations.
The suspension of the strike is seen a relief to the motoring public and travelers who were already feeling the pain, for the hours the action lasted.
“The strike has suspended the strike after the intervention of the Director of DSS, the Minister of Labour and Employment, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources,” Fortune Obi, PENGASSAN National Public Relations Officer confirmed to BusinessDay.
According to him, the NECONDE management team was represented by the company’s Managing Director and the legal consultants pledged to offer a letter to recall the sacked employees of the company.
“The management also agreed to allow union to exist in the company. The Minister of Labour & Emoloyment as well as the union therefore agreed to endeavour to resolve anti-union posture by other indigenous companies & marginal field operators,” the source said.
Following the suspension of the industrial action, the parties resolved to hold a meeting on the second week of January 2018 to look at the issues.
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