FG, oil workers’ meeting ends in deadlock

Dr Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources

Dr Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources

The meeting between the Federal Government and oil workers unions in Abuja on Monday ended in deadlock and would continue on Tuesday.

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

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, said the meeting was moved to Tuesday due to the absence of officials of some international and local oil companies(IOC).

Kachikwu said the meetings were collaborative and frank, adding that all the issues they planned to handle were handled and conclusions were reached.

He, however, said that one issue could not be addressed at the meeting, hence the decision to conclude deliberations on that issue on Tuesday.

Commenting on bad roads leading to the refineries which was one of the issues, Kachikwu said they intend to undertake the repairs of the roads, in conjunction with the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.

Also, Minister of Labour and Productivity, Mr. Chris Ngige, said that the meeting was adjourned till Tuesday due to the absence of IOCs.

Ngige said IOCs absence made it impossible to discuss the issue of unfair labour practices which the labour officials claimed was prevalent in the industry.

He also said that the Federal Government made efforts to provide the workers with information on the various issues that needed clarifications.

The issues, he said, included Joint Venture Cash Calls, collective bargaining agreement in their condition of services, issues of emoluments and the Petroleum Industry Bill, (PIB).

This, he said, was properly addressed.

He said that one major items of contention was the issue of Joint Venture cash Calls, which had reduced investment and forced the companies to close down and lay off workers.

“The meeting will continue tomorrow to deliberate on the …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper