Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) workers Wednesday night announced the suspension of their three-day nationwide warning strike.

Similarly, Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) dropped its planned industrial action over similar complaints in the oil and gas sector.

The association had issued a two-week ultimatum to the government to resolve the issues they’d raised.

The actions of the two unions were the outcome of a meeting with officials of Federal Government delegation led by the Minister of Labour and employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, and representatives of multinational oil companies in Abuja.

Speaking after the meeting, President of NUPENG, Mr. Igwe Achese, said “all issues have been addressed one after the other. We are very satisfied with the commitment shown.”

NUPENG had explained that its decision to embark on the warning strike follows indiscriminate sack of workers without benefits and refusal to allow their workers to join union.

The union accused some IOCs, including Exxon/Mobil and Chevron Nigeria Limited, of unfair labour practices, especially perceived unprocedural sack of workers without benefits, breach of Nigerian extant labour laws in their divestment exercises.

Chevron was alleged to have sacked over 300 NUPENG members without benefits late last year.

Author: Yemi Olarinre