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PENGASSAN MPN suspends industrial action

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Oil workers of the Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) under the aegis of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have suspended its ongoing strike following the intervention of Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachukwu.

Besides, the workers had earlier threatened to embark on a three-day nationwide warning strike by January 9, 2017, over what they termed “anti-labour practices by International Oil Companies (IOCs).”

In a joint communiqué signed by representatives of Ministry of Petroleum Resources and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) PENGASSAN and MPN in Abuja on Tuesday, the parties suspended the action based on pending submission of report by the Ministerial Committee and the determination of the issues arising from the report by the Minister.

It was agreed that management is free to implement for non-represented employees and any voluntary cases already signed on to.

That union members involuntarily impacted by the Separation Program will remain on MPN payroll but shall not return to work pending the conclusion of the review of the Ministerial Committee.

The recommendations of the Committee to the Minister should be submitted not later than January 10, 2017.

That all unresolved issues related to employment separation and all matters related thereto should be catalogued by the Committee and forwarded to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources for resolution.


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