Drivers Arm Of NUPENG Suspends Industrial Action

Drivers Arm Of NUPENG Suspends Industrial ActionThe Petroleum Tanker Drivers arm of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has suspended its ongoing strike.

The NUPENG President, Igwe Achese, made the announcement after an extensive meeting between the group and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Monday in Abuja.

At the meeting, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru, announced that the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has approved an increase of tanker drivers’ bridging allowance from 6.20 Naira to 7.20 Naira.

The tanker drivers had commenced an industrial action earlier on Monday to press home their demand for improved welfare.

Mr Achese, who announced over the weekend that members of the union would withdraw their services, raised concerns that Nigerians may experience another round of fuel supply crisis.

He noted that the grouse of the drivers are poor working conditions and welfare package among others.

The NUPENG President said the Federal Government has ignored several appeals by the union to help improve the welfare of the drivers.

NUPENG Suspends Three Days Warning Strike

NUPENG Declares 3-Day Warning StrikeThe leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), has suspended the three day warning strike it declared a day ago.

The union called off the strike after a meeting with some government officials and representatives of oil companies held in Abuja.

At the meeting, disagreement between the union and oil companies over staff welfare was discussed.

NUPENG had declared a three-day warning strike to press for the implementation of the agreement reached with the oil companies on staff welfare, which the Federal Government mediated in 2016.

Both the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige and the president of the union, Mr Igwe Achese, told reporters that a timeline of two weeks had been set to resolve some of the issues that led to the strike action.

PENGASSAN, NUPENG Suspend Strike

NUPENG, Rivers StateThe Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) have suspended their strike after a meeting with the Federal Government on Wednesday.

The meeting which ended at 1am was attended by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, the oil unions and international companies.

They discussed issues on job security, causalisation of workers and improved welfare.

Dr Ngige appealed to the companies not to lay off workers as government is trying to make the environment more conducive for their businesses.

There had been disputes over the implementation of the 2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the federal government and the unions, the implementation of the Petroleum Industry Bill and the state under which the oil workers operate, especially the lack of power and bad roads.

The PENGASSAN had last week declared an industrial action over the dispute, while NUPENG postponed its action pending the outcome of this meeting.

 

Labour Union Gives FG Four Days To Revert Petrol Price

civil servantsThe Nigeria Labour Congress has issued the Federal Government a 4-day ultimatum to revert to the old petrol pump price of 86.50 Naira or risk a nationwide protest.

The ultimatum will expire on Tuesday midnight.

After the Nigerian government announced a new price band of 145 Naira per litre on May 11, the labour union kicked against the increase, saying it will resist it.

“Height Of Insensitivity”

It said the unilateral increase in prices of petroleum products “represents the height of insensitivity and impunity”.

The new price band of 145 Naira per litre for Premium Motor Spirit was announced by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.

No fuel service station is, however, allowed to sell above the price band, the Minister stressed.

He had explained that the increase had become necessary due to the scarcity that had lingered for months caused by unavailability of the product occasioned by the challenges of getting foreign exchange and low production capacity of the refineries in the oil producing nation.

Dr. Kachikwu had assured Nigerians that in the next six months, competition would force the price down.

However, the labour union said the increase was the least one had expected at this point in time, insisting that the reason for the increase was unacceptable.

Not Removal Of Subsidy

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Professor Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria will produce 70 per cent of its fuel consumption by Q4 of 2018

The unions four-day ultimatum came a day after the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, further gave reasons for the increase which critics said carried with it ‘hardship’.

He said: “I have read the various observations about the fuel pricing regime and the attendant issues generated. All certainly have strong points.

“The most important issue of course is how to shield the poor from the worst effects of the policy. I will hopefully address that in another note”.

Professor Osinbajo explained that the real issue was not a removal of subsidy, pointing out that with $40 a barrel there was not much of a subsidy to remove.

Petroleum Sector Unions Back Price Hike

Meanwhile, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, which are part of the labour unions, have supported the new petrol pump price by the Federal Government.

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The voiced support formed part of a communique released by the two bodies at the end of a Joint National Executive Council Meeting held on Friday in Calabar, the capital of Cross River State in southern Nigeria.

The communique stated: “The increment was a step in the right direction.

“Government needs to engage with stakeholders to work out a clear direction on how to invest the gains into the economy to cushion the effect of the price”.

PENGASSAN, NUPENG Back Petrol Pump Price Hike

Petrol, NUPENG, PENGASSANThe Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) have supported the new petrol pump price by the Federal Government.

This formed part of a communique released by the two bodies at the end of a Joint National Executive Council Meeting held on Friday in Calabar, the capital of Cross River State in southern Nigeria.

The communique stated: “The increment was a step in the right direction.

“Government needs to engage with stakeholders to work out a clear direction on how to invest the gains into the economy to cushion the effect of the price”.

It also resolved that the decision of the Federal Government to deregulate the downstream sector of the oil was to encourage investment in refineries, make the product available and drive down the pump price.

“The bodies, therefore, called on the government to intensify efforts in ensuring that, it puts in place machinery to ensure optimal performance of existing refineries,” the statement read.

The President of PENGASSAN, Mr Francis Olabode-Johnson and the President NUPENG, Igwe Achese, were also at the meeting.

The meeting is coming two days after the Federal Government introduced a new price band for Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also referred to as petrol, pegging the highest price at 145 Naira per litre.

Worst Approach
The new price was set after a meeting of various stakeholders including the labour unions, NUPENG and PENGASSAN, which was presided over by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

In order to increase and stabilise the supply of the product, the government said any Nigerian entity could now import the product, subject to existing quality specifications and other guidelines issued by regulatory agencies.

However, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) had insisted that the recent hike in the pump price of petrol was unacceptable.

The General Secretary of the NLC, Mr Peter, Ozo-Ezon, who spoke on Sunrise Daily, referred to the announcement of a new petrol pump price band of 135 to 145 Naira as the “worst approach that any government has taken” in the history of Nigeria.

Petrol scarcity had hit the oil-rich nation, lasting for over five months, the worst that the nation had experienced in the last decade.

Oil Workers’ Strike Triggers Panic Buying Of Petrol In Nigeria’s Capital

Oil workersNigerian Oil workers have commenced an indefinite strike to protest what they called an unfair labour practice and non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill.

According to officials of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN), the government has refused to implement agreements reached with the unions on these issues.

Already, long queues have returned to petrol stations in Abuja,the nation’s capital city as motorists engage in panic buying of petrol.

Meanwhile, unionists continue to chant solidarity songs, promising to enforce their industrial action unless government takes steps to address the issues.

The Federal Government is expected to meet with the union on Friday to address the issues.

The House of Representatives had on June 2 said it would do its best to ensure that the Petroleum Industry Bill “is passed soon”.

However, since that promise was made at the 3rd Downstream Stakeholders’ Conference of the House Committee on Petroleum Downstream in Abuja on Monday, the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Emeka Ihedioha, till date the Bill has still not been passed.

 

NUPENG warns of nationwide strike anytime soon

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has warned it will go on a nationwide strike any time from now over what it called the Federal Government’s refusal to honour an agreement.

Nationwide fuel scarcity looms as NUPENG threatens to commence strike

The union claims the Federal Government is reneging on agreements reached with the union as regards the payment of fuel subsidy claims.

Declaring the union’s plan for the industrial action, NUPENG’s president, Comrade Ahese Igwe at a forum in Lagos on Monday, berated the Finance Minister’s claim that the union and oil marketers were holding the Federal Government at ransom with the planned strike.

The Ministry of Finance last week, published the names of 21 oil marketers that have been indicted in the management of the nation’s fuel subsidy regime, while it claimed that those that were legitimate were paid the collective sum of N49billion in the last four months.

Mr Igwe, however challenged the Federal Government to publish names of those who they have paid so far.

The union is demanding for an immediate rehabilitation of all the major roads around the nation’s refineries among other labour issues.