After a long exhusting delegation intervention meeting initiated by Minister of Labour and Employment Senator Chris Ngige, over the threat of NUPENG and PENGASON to criple Nigeria oil sector through industrial action following some unmet collective bargain issues between oil workers and International Oil Companies (IOCs) in Nigeria, where the oil workers gave Federal government 21-day ultimatum to resolve the issue, the unions have unanimously called off their warning strike. And agree to further resolve the issues through negotiostion with the IOCs.
The negotiation which involved the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Representatives of NNPC, the unions of oil workers and International Oil Companies (IOCs), deliberated the complaints of both oil workers and IOCs.
Speaking, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, told journalists that the IOCs have agreed to pay the backlog salary arrears and all the entitlements owed to workers sacked by the oil companies.
He also directed all the IOCs that was not present at the meeting to appear otherwise the Labour Ministry will employ the necessary Labour Laws against them.
NUPENG president, Igwe Achese, also told journalists that NNPC at the course of the negotiation agreed to sanction any IOC that failed to adhere to the terms of the agreement.
Earlier, he disclosed that no fewer than 4000 workers in the oil sector have lost their jobs due to various unfair labour practices by International Oil Companies (IOCs).
In addition he said that NUPENG has been having disputes with International Oil Companies, IOCs, especially indiscriminate sack of workers without benefits and refusal to allow their workers to join union.
He said the strike is imperatives as a result of "casualisation, job security, non implementation of collectives agreement in the oil and gas sector in the country, and the bakarnisation of the ongoing divestment system that is currently taken place.