The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has announced plans to commence a three-day warning strike in protest against a long list of reasons which are listed below.
I am not sure I understand what a warning strike really means but the union sure has an axe to grind with the government. Before you scroll on to the list be ‘warned’ as it includes some reasons that might make you spill your coffee on your pants.
The anti-labour activities listed by the oil workers include,
1. retardation of staff promotion in the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF),
2. non-standardisation of nomenclature and collective bargaining agreement of the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NNRA), in line with what obtains in other agencies in the oil and gas industry,
3. refusal of the management of Addax/Petrostuff Nigeria Limited and Chevron/Sudelletra to recall sacked staff,
4. Petrobras managment unprocedural release of staff and its refusal to renew expired collective agreement and the unjust termination of appointment of the Port Harcourt Zonal Secretary and Treasurer of PENGASSAN and NUPENG respectively.
5. the perilous state of the nation’s strategic and industrial roads and highways,
6.non-beneficial deductions of National Housing Fund (NHF) from our workers,
7. un-abating measures of addressing pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft,
8. divestments by International Oil Companies (IOCs) without clear guidelines to check the resultant arbitrary job losses
9. heightening insecurity of members/families in the troubled parts of Northern Nigeria.
At this rate, every organisation in Nigeria probably has a right to go on strike right?
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