Oil work­ers sus­pend strike

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Mustapha Suleiman

The Petroleum and Nat­u­ral Gas Se­nior Staff As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (PENGASSAN) and Nige­rian Union of Petroleum and Nat­u­ral Gas Work­ers (NUPENG) have sus­pended their strike which be­gan on Thurs­day, July 7.

A com­mu­niqué is­sued yes­ter­day signed by the pres­i­dents of PENGASSAN and NUPENG, Com­rade F.O. John­son and Com­rade Igwe Ach­ese, re­spec­tively said based on the un­der­stand­ing reached at var­i­ous meet­ings held with trade unions in the oil and gas in­dus­try over is­sues of con­cern to work­ers and in view of the on-go­ing so­cial dia­logue, the strike had been sus­pended.

The lead­er­ship also held meet­ings with the Min­is­ter of Labour and Em­ploy­ment , Sen Chris Ngige and Min­is­ter of State for Petroleum Re­sources, Ibe Kachikwu.

The meet­ings, the oil work­ers, agreed that there would be no vic­tim­iza­tion of work­ers by rea­son of par­tic­i­pa­tion in the strike. Ne­go­ti­a­tions not con­cluded with the Col­lec­tive Bar­gain­ing Agree­ment (CBA) were de­ferred to Tues­day and Thurs­day 19 and 21 July, 2016.

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