NNPC In-House Unions Call-off Strike Action
…Close Ranks with Kachikwu to Review Restructuring
…As Minister Assures of Job Security
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on Thursday announced the suspension of the strike action embarked upon by members of the Corporation’s arm of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association, PENGASSAN.
The NNPC in a release informed that the strike action was called off after an extensive session presided over by the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu with the leadership of the unions led by the National Presidents, Comrades Igwe Achese and Francis Johnson of NUPENG and PENGASSAN respectively at the NNPC Towers, Abuja.
The Corporation informed that the in-house unions reviewed their stance after a decision was reached to set up a committee with representatives from the unions and NNPC management to look into the new NNPC structure with a view to considering any suggested amendment where necessary.
The NNPC noted that consensus was reached on other outstanding issues bordering on pension matters, job security as well as staff performance and appraisal.
The Minister assured that the restructuring was aimed at enhancing capacity utilization of staff and not creating job losses.
The Corporation noted that the meeting ended in the wee-hours of Thursday with a strong commitment from the leadership of the unions to join forces with the management of NNPC to eliminate the prevailing challenges experienced by members of the public in accessing petroleum products across the country.