Sacked Shell Workers: NUPENG, PENGASSAN plan strike

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The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) has decided to support the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Gas Workers (NUPENG) in its plan to go on strike this week.

In a statement, PENGASSAN made public its determination to join NUPENG in every protest and action to be undertaken should the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) management fail to recall the sacked NUPENG members as directed by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu.

The union, speaking through its secretary, Comrade Zaid Kolawole said that the industrial actions will be jointly planned under the NUPENGASSAN platform to make sure that Shell complies with the minister’s directive that the workers be recalled December 4, 2012, which was issued during a mediation meeting between NUPENG and Shell.

PENGASSAN said in the statement that information had reached them that Shell was contemplating circumventing the directive by the Minister of Labour and Productivity by planning that the affected NUPENG officers and members shall only be recalled to their former jobs as casual workers.

This, PENGASSAN said, is totally unacceptable to both NUPENG and PENGASSAN as it is repugnant to the principles of natural justice and decent work.

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