PENGASSAN issues 21-day ultimatum to GE, NNPC, 16 others on industrial issues

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The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has given a 21-day ultimatum to General Electric, the NNPC Retail Limited and 16 others over anti-labour practices.

Others are Figuro, Sterling Global, Indorama Petrochemical Company and Baker Hughes, Universal  Energy, Frontier Energy, Vam Onne, Neconde Energy, ObiJackson Group, SDF, Ciscon, Tecon, Obax, Pan Ocean, Exxon-Mobil and Petrobras.

Mr Fortune Obi, PENGASSAN’s Public Relation Officer (PRO) said the Union would shut down activities of the companies nationwide if they failed to resolve the industrial issues with the workers.

Obi said that the decision to go on strike after the 21-days ultimatum, was reached after a meeting with the Central Working Committee (CWC) of the union.

“The union gave the ultimatum due to persistent unfair industrial relation’s practices by the management of the companies in the sector,’’ he said.

He, however, called on the relevant stakeholders to endeavour to address contentious issues affecting its members within the stipulated days to avert the strike.

According to him, PENGASSAN in the last three years has not only been stretched, but equally over-burdened.

“We are fast running out of patience over the loss of will by various managements to attend to industrial and welfare issues.

“Particularly, frustrating is the sustained indiscriminate redundancies, sack, casualisation, ill-treatment, adverse work condition and incessant disagreement to collective bargain resolutions,” he said.

Obi described as sad these anti-labour practices against PENGSSAN members without recourse to extant labour laws.

He said that the Association had also called on the leadership of the National Assembly to reconsider the amendment of Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Act which would portend danger in government’ if pushed to woo investors into the country.

Obi, however, said that PENGASSAN was open to genuine and transparent processes that would lead to optimisation of the plants as well as guarantee the end of importation of refined products.

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