PENGASSAN, NUPENG threaten to down tool over IPPIS
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) have threatened to shut down oil and gas facilities and distribution of petroleum products across the country over breach of agreement on the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) to their members by the Federal Government.
The unions also vowed to withdraw their services over government’s failure to pay arrears of 22 months owed their members working with Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA).
In a letter jointly signed by the unions and issued to the ministry of Labour and Employment, the duo issued a 7-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to urgently address the situation.
Also stated in the letter was the alleged gross disobedience of BakerHughes, a servicing company with its head office in Lagos and operation base in Port Harcourt, to various directives of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment and the Department of Petroleum Resources bothering on redundancy discussion between the company and the labour unions.
According to them, “The association has taken to picketing the facilities of the company after locking out 64 of their members in total disregard to all the directives of Ministry of Labour and DPR while agreement on the redundancy has is yet to be reached by parties involved.
“We were informed that the Department of Petroleum Resources has threatened to withdraw all the operating licenses it has issued to the BakerHughes due to the company’s non-compliance to regulatory standards in releasing oil and gas workers in Nigeria.”