PENGASSAN wants NNPC to cau­tion IOCS over anti-labour prac­tice

Var­sity work­ers protest against de­lay in salary

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - ASUU/NLC STRIKES - From John Akubo (Lokoja) and Glo­ria Ehi­aghe (La­gos)

THE Pe­tro­leum and Nat­u­ral Gas Se­nior Staff As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (PENGASSAN) wants the Nige­rian Na­tional Pe­tro­leum Cor­po­ra­tion (NNPC) to cau­tion in­dige­nous op­er­a­tors and In­ter­na­tional Oil Com­pa­nies (IOCS) in­volved in anti-labour prac­tice.

PENGASSAN Pres­i­dent, Fran­cis Ola­bode John­son, who gave the warn­ing in a state­ment, said the cau­tion be­came nec­es­sary to avoid throw­ing the sec­tor into in­dus­trial cri­sis.

Ac­cord­ing to him, PENGASSAN’S ob­jec­tive is to safe­guard and im­prove the rights, terms and con­di­tions of em­ploy­ment of its mem­bers through labour and in­dus­trial re­la­tions pro­cesses.

John­son com­mended the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of NNPC, Maikanti Baru, for sup­port­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

While warn­ing against breaches, he ex­plained that ad­her­ence to con­sti­tu­tional pro­vi­sions and best prac­tices in labour en­gage­ment are cru­cial to the main­te­nance of co­he­sion and dis­ci­pline.

In a re­lated devel­op­ment, Baru urged PENGASSAN to con­tinue to seek the growth and ex­is­tence of the na­tion's oil and gas in­dus­try.

He gave the charge at the 5th Tri­en­nial Del­e­gates Con­fer­ence of PENGASSAN NNPC Cor­po­rate Head­quar­ter (CHQ) Branch in Abuja.

Baru said the man­age­ment was im­pressed with the ma­tu­rity of PENGASSAN, and com­mended it for mov­ing union­ism to an­other level where di­a­logue and in­tel­li­gent ar­gu­ment su­per­sede force and bang­ing of ta­ble.

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