Nigeria: Oil workers poised to disrupt supplies again with new strike action
Just after Petrol Tankers association in Lagos were pressed to suspend their strike action early this week, members of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria in the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources and some of its agencies on Wednesday began a three-day warning strike that is poised to disrupt petrol supply across the country.
It was gathered that the senior oil workers are protesting Government’s inclusion of its members in the new Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).Federal Government insist on registering employees in the oil sector on IPPIS.
PENGASSAN and the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers had made the threat in a letter addressed to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, punchng.com reported.
The striking senior staff, had earlier staged a protest in Abuja, displaying various placards with inscriptions such as “IPPIS is a pandemic worse than COVID-19; the President should act fast,” “IPPIS office respect your agreement and come for negotiations,” among others.
Oli Union spokesman said, “PENGASSAN members working for government agencies under the supervision of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources are embarking on a three-day warning strike.
“The strike is for the lack of payment for the past three months, plus due to the inclusion of workers in the IPPIS. The strike started (Wednesday) this morning.”He further outlined the agencies where members of PENGASAN had downed tools to include the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority, Petroleum Training Institute, and Department of Petroleum Resources