Abuja - The Federal Government on Wednesday reached an agreement with some major oil marketers to recall sacked workers as requested by the sector’s labour unions, Daily Trust reports.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, at the reconvened meeting with Petroleum Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN), Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and representatives of some oil companies, warned indigenous and international oil companies that Nigeria would not tolerate indiscriminate sack of workers, notwithstanding the economic situation.
He said one of the cardinal objectives of the present administration is to create jobs.
It would be recalled that the Management of Universal Energy Ltd was alleged to have sacked 20 of the 22 NUPENG members in the company in preference to contract workers.
The unions according to Punch also accused another company, FUGRO Nig. Ltd, of sacking its members and coercing them to sign severance letters and unilaterally terminating 25 members of staff out of which six are executive members of PENGASSA and NUPENG. It also claimed that Halliburton threatened to reduce its workforce.
The minister said: “After a long deliberation, we resolved all the contentious issues. FUGRO has to revert to status quo and open up discussions on the redundancy situation with the union. They have two weeks to report back to the ministry.
- News 24