The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has ordered oil workers under its umbrella to withdraw their services from Monday, November 9, 2020.
In a letter, dated November 8, 2020, and signed by the General Secretary, PENGASSAN, Lumumba Okugbawa, which was also copied to the Central Working Committee members of the association.
Investigation reveal that the strike was pursuant to the oil workers’ lingering disagreement with the federal government over the directive on the registration of some of its members on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
Although discussions over the issues have been going on for some time, the oil workers have accused the government of not making concrete moves to settle the differences.
Last week, long queues resurfaced in most filling stations in Abuja and its environs after oil workers threatened to commence its strike at the expiration of its ultimatum to the government on October 30. A technical committee set up by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to dialogue on the issues with the union reportedly reached a decision that failed to meet the minimum demand of the oil workers, who insisted that its members be excluded from enrolment on the IPPIS platform.