The proposed strike action starting 1st of January 2014 by the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria workers may have been called off.
PENGASSAN President, Mr. Babatunde Ogun, has said the strike action by workers in oil and gas sector planned to commence on January 1, 2014 has been suspended.
The development according to him was to enable the workers’ umbrella bodies, PENGASSAN and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, to attend a meeting with the Federal Government on January 7.
The meeting between the Federal Government and oil workers is aimed at averting the nationwide strike.
A message to newsmen reads “The meeting has been postponed to January 7.” He stressed, “No action till the meeting if decision didn’t satisfy the union.”
Asked whether the union would suspend the strike till the outcome of the meeting, Ogun replied, “Yes.”
The unions, on December 17, had given the government a one-week ultimatum to halt its plan to sell the refineries to private investors.
Ogun had said, “If between now and December 24 we don’t hear anything from the government, we will mobilise, and between that time and the end of the year, we will expect a retraction but if they fail to retract, then be rest assured that in the first week of January all oil and gas workers in Nigeria will go on a total strike.”
The President of the union however said “the government cannot be trusted again with agreements.”