The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) on Thursday threatened to embark on a nationwide strike from December 18, 2017.
This threat came few hours after the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) of Lagos State Chapter suspended the plan to withdraw their services.
IPMAN had earlier threatened to withdraw their services over the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) breach of agreement.
In a statement, PENGASSAN said the seven-day ultimatum issued to the Federal Government would result in shutting down the supply and distribution of fuel across the country, including oil and gas installations.
The union accused some indigenous oil and gas companies and marginal field operators of unfair labour practices. It said one of the resolutions in the communiqué issued at the end of its National Executive Council meeting of October 13, 2017 held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, was the condemnation of indigenous oil and gas companies and marginal field operators.
PENGASSAN said the oil companies were condemned because of “their anti-labour posture and practices, including the termination of the employment of any worker who has indicated willingness to belong to the union.
“Those who are threatened and compelled to disown the union are then treated as slave workers within their own country.”
PENGASSAN said the government and relevant authorities had failed to caution the recalcitrant organisations especially Neconde, adding that it had explored all means to resolve the matter without getting necessary result.
It said it would embark on the nationwide strike on December 18 if the Federal Government failed to direct the companies to recall their sacked members as the only option to address this injustice and lawlessness.
PENGASSAN therefore, appealed to all Nigerians to show understanding and to use the window of the notice to stockpile adequate quantity of Premium Motor Spirit and other petroleum products that would last them during the upcoming festive period as the strike would be indefinite.