Ensure Immediate Implementation Of New Minimum Wage, NUPENG Tells Employers

 

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has asked employers in both the private and public sector to immediately implement the new minimum wage.

President of the union, Comrade Williams Akporeha, also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to end Nigeria’s continued dependence on imported petroleum products.

The call was in a communique issued at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Sunday in Lagos.

“We implore all employers of labour, public and private, to ensure immediate implementation.

“We offer our hands of fellowship to all workers who might need support in the unforeseen situation of any employer, including state government that attempts to cut corners in the implementation of the new minimum wage.”

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The oil worker urged the state government to adhere to the approved N30, 000 wages for workers because all states can conveniently implement.

“We know as a matter of fact that there is no state in Nigeria that does not have the capacity to conveniently implement this modest benchmark for workers in their respective state.

“It is therefore imperative for the government to focus on how to deepen good governance and restrain from physical wastages.”

NUPENG also restated its position that the union will not encourage any negative policy that will be detrimental to the oil and gas industry, including the review of petrol subsidy.

They asked the Federal Government to provide import substitution measures in the oil and gas sector.

“We affirm once again that we will resist any policy that will impact negatively in the oil and gas industry, the Nigerian public and the nation in general.

“The NEC-In-Session also uses the opportunity to request for the revitalisation of our refineries to ensure that local supply of petroleum products goes unhindered.”

NNPC Asks NUPENG, PENGASSAN To Suspend Planned Strike

NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru.

 

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, has asked oil workers to suspend their planned strike over a labour dispute involving the Management of Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) and its staff.

The unions are the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN).

In a statement by the NNPC Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu said, the corporation’s GMD had directed its Management to work with other stakeholders to resolve the issue raised by the leadership of the Oil Industry unions.

He said, the unions had recently called on the National Assembly, the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the NNPC, the Department of State Services (DSS), to intercede in a brewing impasse between CNL and its staff in Nigeria over the company’s disclosure that the contracts with all its manpower services providers would expire by the end of October 2018.

According to him, the unions last Wednesday put its members on red alert fearing the new manpower services contracts may not serve the interests its members.

While thanking the oil workers for their exemplary conduct and show of support through the years, the GMD appealed to the Unions not to do anything that would disrupt the industrial harmony that has pervaded the sector, saying the gains of recent past, if care is not taken, can be frittered away inadvertently.

Dr. Baru expressed optimism that the current dispute would soon be amicably settled.

Meanwhile, the NNPC has allayed the concerns of motorists and other consumers of petroleum products over possible hiccups in supply in parts of the country due to the oil workers’ ultimatum, assuring that NNPC holds adequate storage of petroleum products across the country to take care of the national demand.

United Labour Congress Commences Nationwide Strike

The United Labour Congress of Nigeria (ULC) has commenced a nationwide strike.

The union is downing their tools over the failure of the government to register the union, failure to address Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) issues, deplorable state of Nigerian roads, minimum wage increase, among other demands.

The affiliated unions of ULC include  Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Electricity Workers, Nigerian Union of Mine Workers, National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions employees, Association of Nigerian aviation professionals, among others.

Kaduna state ULC chairman, Ephraim James confirmed that the nationwide industrial action commences midnight of Monday, September 18, 2017 until further notice.

In a statement signed by Mr Joe Ajaero, President of the ULC, the union demands that, “The Federal Government bans the stationing of the Army and Police in our workplaces and factory premises. The Government should demand that the Federal Ministry of Labour sets up a task force immediately to carry out factory inspections as most of our factories are death traps.

“An immediate review of the Privatisation of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to save Nigerians the agony of suffering under the suffocating darkness which the GENCOs and DISCOs have foisted on the nation and immediately prevail on AMCON and Barrister Nwaobike (SAN); the receiver manager of Delta Steel Company Ovwian Aladja who short-paid workers by 75% to quickly rectify it and repay the deficit.

“The immediate payment of all the arrears of salaries owed Nigerian workers at all levels of Government without exception.

“The Federal Government honours its 2009 agreement with University Lecturers under the umbrella of ASUU quickly and commence negotiations with them on new issues so that our universities will re-open.

“The roads leading to all the Petroleum refineries and Depots nation-wide be repaired by the Government to avoid the present carnage of lives, wastage of products and properties on these roads.

“That the proposed Bill at the National Assembly seeking to control free speech couched under the guise of the Bill against hate speech but has the real intention of protecting the ruling elite from being held accountable by the citizenry. We therefore demand the discontinuance of that obnoxious Bill by whoever sponsored it.

“The withholding of registration certificate of the ULC be stopped and the certificate released forthwith so that the nation’s Industrial Relations clime will be made more inclusive and robust.

“The immediate inclusion of all representatives of labour in the various committees, Agencies and Directorates of Government and not singling out just one centre for these purposes negating the tenets of the nation’s Laws. Any of such appointments that have been done contrary to this, we demand an immediate reversal.

“The immediate inauguration of the national minimum wage negotiating committee in line with the above so that it can commence sitting instantly.”

Unpaid Salaries: NUPENG Threatens To Withdraw Services From Tecon Oil, Seawolf

Pipeline Security: NUPENG Recommends Re-engagement of Ex-MilitantsThe Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers has expressed worry over the unresolved payment, backlog of salaries and entitlements owed its members in Tecon Oil Services and Seawolf Drilling Services despite several government interventions.

The Union is therefore issuing a notice to withdraw its services any moment from now in solidarity with the affected workers if the unresolved payment of salaries and entitlements of these workers are not settled.

The Union states that earlier ultimatum issued on these issues had long expired without the payment of the entitlements and Government interventions have remained inconclusive.

NUPENG will therefore without further notice shut down in solidarity with the workers as all efforts at mediation had failed.

The Union is disappointed that despite the interventions of some government agencies like the DSS, the NNPC and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, nothing has come out.

In a statement by the President of NUPENG, Comrade Igwe Achese, says, It has therefore put its members in the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), and Petrol Station Workers at alert to withdraw its members from their work places as soon as they get directive from the National Secretariat of the Union to commence action.

The statement adds that, the association pointed out that the Management of Tecon Oil services reneged on the communique with the Union on off-loading the severance benefits of our members working in the company.

Rather the company resorted to intimidating and cajoling the workers and in the midst of all these; the Chairperson’s appointment was terminated.

As for Seawolf workers, it has been a tale of woes for over five years, as their salaries and terminal benefits have not been paid since the taking over of the Company by AMCON.

NUPENG Calls For Dialogue To Resolve Capital Oil Impasse

Courtesy: NUPENG

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has called on the Federal Government to embrace the use of dialogue to resolve the lingering impasse between the management of Capital Oil and Department of State Services (DSS), over the illegal sale of petroleum products stored in their tank farm by the NNPC.

The union stated that workers have the right to protest the non-payment of their salaries and allowances and that the Federal Government should secure the jobs of those working in the sector.

NUPENG, in a statement signed by its President, Igwe Achese, stressed that although it does not support the illegal diversion and sale of petroleum products, it was of the opinion that the Federal Government cannot sit still and watch workers lose their jobs.

The Union also made reference to the case of Seawolf Oil Services that was taken over by the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) in which it says workers are yet to be paid their backlog of salaries and entitlements for over five years.

“NUPENG believes that the job creation mantra of the government should be allowed to play, rather than paving way for job losses as it is the case of the current closure of Capital Oil.”

It therefore called on the government to allow the 2,000 workers to resume work at the depot and load products so that their salaries can be paid, “instead of throwing them into the unemployment market for no fault of theirs”.

PPPRA Says No Plan To Increase Petrol Price

PPPRA Says No Plan To Increase Petrol PriceThe Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) has reaffirmed that the Federal Government has no plan to increase the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol.

The General Manager Operations of PPPRA, Mr Olasupo Agbaje, made the declaration on Monday while addressing reporters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Agbaje said the agency has also commenced the payment of the new bridging allowance to tanker drivers, as approved by the government recently.

The clarification comes barely a week after the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said it has no plan to increase the pump price of petrol.

The Corporation, in a statement, stated that the recent increase in bridging allowance to transporters will not affect the prevailing petrol price of 145 Naira per litre.

The NNPC reiterated its commitment to sustaining the existing cordial relationship between the Corporation and the leadership of the downstream industry unions and other stakeholders.

NNPC Says No Hike In Petrol Pump Price

NNPC Says No Hike In Petrol Pump PriceThe Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has assured Nigerians that it has no plan to increase the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by the NNPC spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, the Corporation explained that the recent increase in bridging allowance to transporters from 6.20 Naira to 7.20 Naira per litre will not affect the prevailing petrol price of 145 Naira per litre.

According to the statement, the clarification was made in Abuja by the NNPC Chief Operating Officer (COO) in charge of Downstream Operations, Mr Henry Ikem Obih.

“Rebalancing Of The Margins”

Mr Obih said there was no plan by government or any of its agencies to review the pump price of petrol above 145 Naira per litre, adding that the rise in the bridging cost was achieved after an adjustment was made in the “lightering expenses” from Four Naira to Three Naira per litre, and the difference transferred to compensate for the cost of bridging within the same template.

The bridging allowance refers to the cost element built into the products pricing template to ensure a uniform price of petrol across the country, while lightering expenses involve charges for moving products to depot area from mother vessels by light vessels, due to the inability of the former to berth in shallow water depth.

“What happened, in simple language, is a rebalancing of the margins allowed and approved for stakeholders. So what the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) did was to take One Naira from lightering expenses and add same to the bridging allowance, that is how we arrived at 7.20 Naira. Therefore, PMS remains at the ceiling of 145 Naira per litre, he said.

“No Risk Of Shortage”

On the availability of product supply, the COO said as at Wednesday, Nigeria has 1.3 billion litres of petrol which translates to an inventory of 36 days.

“What this means is that even if we stop importation or refining of petrol right now, we have enough products in the country to provide for the needs of every Nigerian for a period of 36 days,” he said.

Obih noted that the supply availability was bolstered with the production of petrol from the three refineries located in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna.

“There is absolutely no risk of shortage in supply as we also continue to import, to support the production from the refineries. We have informed the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to enforce the prevailing 145 Naira per litre price regime, and to also ensure that every service station that has fuel is selling to the public,” he said.

The COO reiterated the readiness of the NNPC management under the leadership of its Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, to sustain the existing cordial relationship between the Corporation and the leadership of the downstream industry unions and other stakeholders.

He said the DPR, which is the regulatory arm of the industry, had been alerted to sanction fuel station owners who engage in hoarding, or charge consumers in excess of the approved pump price of petrol.

Dr. Baru had announced the review of the bridging allowance on Monday at a mediation meeting between the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) and the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO),

The announcement consequently led to the suspension of an industrial action embarked upon by members of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG).

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.

FG, NUPENG, PENGASSAN To Convene In Abuja

FG, NUPENG, PENGASSAN To Convene In AbujaMinister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, is expected to meet today with the leadership of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association Of Nigeria, (PENGASSAN).

The meeting is expected to trash out disagreement between the unionist and oil companies over staff welfare.

The federal government is mediating on the matter as it did in 2016.

After Wednesday’s meeting, it would then be determined whether to proceed on the strike action as a follow up to the three-day warning notice earlier issued by the union.

NUPENG Declares 3-Day Warning Strike

 NUPENG Declares 3-Day Warning StrikeThe Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), has declared a three-day warning strike beginning 12 midnight, ahead of their meeting with the federal government on Wednesday.

The President of the union, Mr Igwe Achese, told journalists in Abuja after an emergency meeting of the union, that the strike is to press for the implementation of the agreement reached with the oil companies on staff welfare, mediated by the federal government in 2016.

He however explained that the continuation or otherwise of the strike beyond Wednesday, January 11, would be determined by the outcome of a joint meeting between the union and the federal government on Wednesday.

NUPENG Gives F.G 21 Day Ultimatum To Halt Mass Sack Of Its Members

NUPENG, Rivers StateThe Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG), has given a 21-day ultimatum to the Federal Government, to stop the incessant mass sack of its members by oil companies in the country

This was stated by the President of the Union, Igwe Achese when reading out a communique issued by the Central Working Committee after a meeting held in Warri.

The meeting was aimed at discussing issues currently affecting the union and its members especially the mass sack/retrenchment, by the major oil servicing companies on account of the current recession.

After the meeting, the Union addressed journalists on some of the resolutions reached requesting the intervention of the Federal Government in resolving them.

Part of the resolutions in the communique reads that, “The anti-union
postures of the International Oil Companies must end.

“There should be a speedy passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill.

“Agencies saddled with the responsibility of regulating the Oil and Gas Industry must be up and doing”.

The Union also frowned at the frequent vandalisation of pipelines in the Niger Delta.

It also rejected the proposed sale of the National Assets amongst other issues.

Sacked workers

About 3000 workers have been sacked by major oil companies and servicing companies who are closing shops on account of the current recession.

The Union has also given the Federal Government a 21 day ultimatum to halt the mass sack or face mass action from the Union.