Oil workers will embark on a three-day nationwide warning strike from Wednesday, the joint National Executive Committee of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) announced on Sunday.
The General Secretary of PENGASSAN, Lumumba Okugbawa, and his NUPENG counterpart, Olawale Afolabi, said the strike, expected to last till Friday, is “to protest the forceful enrolment into the defective payment platform (the lntegrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (lPPlS)”
During the period of the warning strike, the oil workers said all oil installations as well as associated operations, including oil production and exports would be shut down across the country.
The workers’ associations say the strike action was pursuant to the demand concerning their members working in federal government agencies, whose salaries were withheld since May, over alleged non-compliance with the federal government’s directive by all its agencies to enroll on the IPPIS payment platform.
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On June 8, PENGASSAN wrote to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, to protest the decision by the government not to pay the workers allegedly at the instance of the finance ministry.
In the letter, the association identified the affected agencies to include the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Petroleum Equalization Fund (PEF), Petroleum Trust Development Fund (PTDF), the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NNRA) and Petroleum Training Institute (PTI).
The affiliate group of the association representing the affected agencies, the Regulators’ Forum, told PREMIUM TIMES its executive resolved at the end of its meeting to withdraw its members’ services nationwide if the federal government refused to rescind its action and address their grievances within one week. The one-week ultimatum expired on Saturday.