Fuel scarcity: Oil workers threaten nationwide strike from Dec. 18

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The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has threatened to embark on a nationwide strike beginning from December 18.

The association made this known in a statement where it issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government accusing some indigenous oil and gas companies and marginal field operators of unfair labour practices.

It declared that the ultimatum would culminate in the shutting down of all oil and gas installations, including disruptions to fuel supply and distribution across the country.

It revealed that one of its resolutions in the communiqué issued at the end of its National Executive Council meeting of October 13, 2017 held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, was the condemnation of indigenous oil and gas companies and marginal field operators.

PENGASSAN stated that the oil companies were condemned because of their anti-labour posture and practices, including the termination of the employment of any worker who has indicated willingness to belong to the union.

“Those who are threatened and compelled to disown the union are then treated as slave workers within their own country,” the union alleged.

The union claimed that it had explored all options without getting the necessary understanding, adding that relevant authorities of government had failed to caution the recalcitrant organisations, especially Neconde.

It said it would embark on the nationwide strike on December 18 if the Federal Government failed to direct the companies to recall its sacked members.

PENGASSAN also appealed to Nigerians to show understanding and to use the window of the notice to stockpile adequate quantity of Premium Motor Spirit and other petroleum products that would last them during the upcoming festive period declaring that the strike would be indefinite.

The decision may likely worsen ongoing scarcity of petroleum products, which began this week and lead to more panic buying.

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