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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Oil Workers Begin Nationwide Strike

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) will today (Monday) begin a nationwide strike action against the non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).

Its Spokesman, Babatunde Oke, in a statement said that oil workers have been mobilized to protest the inability of the National Assembly to pass the PIB.

Other reasons include delay in carrying the
Turn- Around Maintenance of the refineries, global crude oil prices slump, non -implementation of the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD)Act to reflect Nigerians in management positions and expatriate quota law, appalling state of access roads to refineries and oil depots', insecurity, casualisation, and other anti-labour practices.

He said the strike would also ensure that government evolves new strategies to combat pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft and other problems affecting the sector.

The statement said: ‘’ The strike will affect all operations in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry, as members will be withdrawn from all oil and gas installations. The will not be suspended until there is a strong commitment from the government and affected managements/operators to resolve the issues. The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) frown at the unfair practices such as transfer and termination of appointment of national officers of the two unions. ‘’

The statement said the two bodies would continue to fight for their rights, noting that they have warned the government against failure to address the problems.

It urges the government should put in place strategies to stop pipeline vandalisation and crude oil theft, convene an industry stakeholders’ forum on PIB status and falling crude oil prices and address the ongoing high rate divestment  in the industry and its attendant job losses

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