The National Leaderships of both the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have warned oil and gas firms against abitrary sack of workers.
The two unions under the joint umbrella of NUPENGASSAN called on the Federal Government to prevail on the oil and gas firms to avoid disruption of industrial peace in the sector
This was contained in a statement jointly signed by National President of NUPENG, Comrade Williams Eniredonana Akporeha, President- PENGASSAN, Comrade Ndukaku M. Ohaeri, General Secretary- PENGASSAN, Comrade Lumumba Okugbawa and General Secretary of NUPENG, Comrade Afolabi Olawale.
“While the leaderships of the union and association empathize with the employers over the negative impacts Covid 19 is having on the industry, their business operations and earnings, we still feel very strongly that taking the routes of arbitrary sacks, terminations or introduction of precarious/ indecent working conditions laden with flagrant and unprocedural behaviour should be avoided at all cost as they wouldn’t bring anything good to anyone in both short, medium and long terms,” the unions said in the statement
The statement reads further, “the leadership of NUPENGASSAN condemned these moves and vow to resist them with all its might,as the moves are seen as unfair to the selfless and patriotic services of the Nigeria Oil and Gas workers to these Companies and the nation over these past highly productive years and even when these workers are still fully participating in the frontline of the struggle against the pandemic rendering essential services.
“We therefore, call on the Federal Government and all its relevant agencies saddled with the responsibilities of managing and regulating the industry to urgently nip these ugly trends in the buds to avoid so many untoward and damaging consequences of the actions and reactions that may follow.
“The Federal Government and all its relevant agencies are further put on notice that NUPENGASSAN might be forced to precipitate an action that will affect drastically the entire industry if this ugly trend is not halted and erring organisations called to order.
“We earnestly implore these Companies that in the same manners and spirit they are making donations for the fight against Covid 19, they should also spare some kind thoughts for their Workers and strive to keep them alive and on job so as not to create social upheavals that can be much more devastating than the Covid 19 pandemic.”