The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, has embarked on a nationwide indefinite strike today, Monday, November 9.
This was disclosed by the union’s President, Festus Osifo in an interview on Sunrise Daily on Channels Television.
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The association had earlier given the government a 7-day ultimatum to meet their demands. This is a contained in a letter that surface online earlier today. This letter to all branch chairmen of PENGASSAN had the title, ‘Re: Breach in agreement on IPPIS implementation and redundancy in Baker Hughes.’ Upon expiration of the ultimatum, the union ordered its members to down tools.
Below are some of the major issues that have prompted the industrial strike action by the union.
- The breach of agreement on implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) by the government regarding the payment of salaries.
- The arrears and allowances of some union members at the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), were ceased sometimes in the year.
- Forceful enrollment of members in Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority, NNRA without data capturing and biometrics.
- Government’s failure to pay arrears owed their members working with Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority.
- Members with NNRA got 30 per cent reduction in their pay.
- Earned allowances were withheld by the government
PENGASSAN is union in the economic sector of the country that accounts for more than 90% of the country’s exports and 80% of the Federal Government’s revenue.