By Appolos Christian
Following the reinstatement of 89 oil and natural gas workers sacked by OES Deepsea Offshore oil firm based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, among other conditions, the leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has suspended the 21 days strike warning it gave earlier.
However, the union warns that it might commence strike in Akwa Ibom State without further notice over the State government’s “nonchalant attitude towards resolving very crucial issues affecting” their members in Universal Energy Ltd, and the Frontier Nigeria Ltd.
The National President of the Union, Comrade Williams Aaporeha, who said this when he addressed journalists in Abuja yesterday, listed the reasons for the suspension of the ultimatum to include, “the reinstatement of 89 NUPENG members sacked in CBS Deepsea in Port Harcourt.
“The directive given by the Committee of the House of Representatives to the Nigeria Content Development and monitoring Board , to commence immediate discussion with the Union on how to improve the lots of Nigerians with regards to job security and workers’ rights in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry.
“The process already initiated for the full implementation of the outstanding part of the 2016 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between NARTO and PTD
“The undertaking made by Rivers State Government to call the management of the other companies listed above operating in Port Harcourt for comprehensive resolution of indentified issues as contained in the ultimatum from the Union’ Port Harcourt Zonal Council.
“We therefore direct all our zones, units and the entire body of NUPENG to accordingly comply with this directive forthwith.”
Onward, he said “The Union is however using this opportunity to sincerely appreciate the Chairman House Committee on Petroleum Resources Downstream Hon. Joseph Akinlaja and ‘ his team, Hon. Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige and his team, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Bam, the Rivers State Government for their quick intervention and sincere interest and commitment towards resolving all the issues raised in the interest of Nigerian workers.
NUPENG had on 2nd June 2018 issued a 21 day ultimatum over some crucial and critical issues affecting the union and its members across the nation, some of these include, failure of National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) to fully implement the Collective Bargaining Agreement signed with the Petroleum Tankers Branch of the Union since 2016.
Others are; The Service Level Agreement (SLA) reached between the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) on contract cycle in the oil and gas industry