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Fuel scarcity looms as oil workers threaten strike from Monday
« on: December 14, 2014, 05:35:35 PM »

Fuel scarcity may spread across Nigeria from Monday as oil workers brace for showdown with the Federal Government over various unresolved labour issues.

Authoritative sources revealed on Sunday that the oil workers, under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association [PENGASSAN] and their counterparts in the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers [NUPENG], are set to commence nationwide strike Monday.
The decision to strike is sequel to the expiration of the notice to government for the resolution of some labour issues affecting their members as well as other national issues affecting the operation of the petroleum industry.

A national official of PENGASSAN, who asked not to be named because he was not authorised to speak on the matter, told PREMIUM TIMES that some of the contentious issues include the decision of the management of Total Nigeria to sack the PENGASSAN zonal Secretary in Port Harcourt and the lack of promotion for workers of the Petroleum Trust Development Fund (PTDF).

According to the official, the workers? unions are concerned that the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) sent to the National Assembly for consideration and approval more than two years ago is yet to be passed.

?We (the oil workers) have sufficient reasons, based on information available to us, to believe that the law makers are not prepared to pass the law, even as the state of the country?s petroleum industry has continued to deteriorate as a result of the absence of a regulatory and legal framework for the industry,? the official said.


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