FUEL SCARCITY IMPENDS AS PENGASSAN, NUPENG THREATENS STRIKE
Nigeria may experience fuel scarcity if oil workers go ahead with the threat of withdrawing their services nationwide should the Federal Government insists on registering employees in the oil and gas sector on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
The threat was made by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) in a letter addressed to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timpre Slyva.
The unions frowned at plans by the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation to register oil workers on the IPPIS platform.
The letter, which was dated June 19, 2020, was jointly signed by the General Secretaries of PENGASSAN and NUPENG, Lumumgba Okugbawa and Olawale Afolabi, respectively.
The unions said their worry about the IPPIS platform came from the fact that it disapproved the peculiarities of the oil and gas sector with regards to collective bargaining agreement and approved pay structure between the unions and the Federal Government.
The unions reiterated that industrial peace in the sector cannot be assured if the salaries of its members are stopped.
Afolabi also confirmed that the unions would embark on industrial action if the government neglects their requests.
He, however, stated that no date had been fixed for the commencement of such action as the unions were confident that the government would listen to their demands.