The Federal Government has appealed to the National Union Of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) not to embarked on their planned strike.
It would be recalled that NUPENG had threatened, Wednesday, to embark on a nation-wide strike over the mass sack of oil workers by major oil companies.
The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Labour and Employment, explained that it had earlier agreed with NUPENG and the oil companies that some of the top executives in the oil companies be sacked and all their allowances paid.
Labour Minister, Sen. Chris Ngige, expressed shock however on why the unions would renege on the agreement that it would go on strike following the mass sack.
“We all had an agreement and the agreement was that instead of retrenchment, they should focus on reducing some of their top most positions of the establishments,” said Ngige.
“We also agreed that some allowances should be shielded up, while some offices of directors and top management staff should be pegged.
“They all agreed and that is what they have been doing, we also formed a kind of forum between the employers, employees and unions with my ministry.
“The forum is supposed to be meeting to fashion out oil and gas labour relations which will guide whatever is happening there.
“I do not know if NUPGENG is dissatisfied with what is coming out from that forum.
“I will find out why NUPGENG is issuing the 21-day ultimatum and also call for a meeting to look at the developing issues,” he added.