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PENGASSAN suspends planned strike as FG, NLC resume talks

25 May 2016, 16:34

Abuja -  The ultimatum by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN to embark on a nationwide strike effective mid-night Tuesday, has been suspended, PM News reports.

According to a statement signed by the Deputy Director (Press) of the Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Samuel Olowookere, the action is sequel to the intervention of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige and the his Minister of State for Petroleum Resources counterpart, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.

In a conciliatory/pre-strike meeting on Tuesday in Abuja, the Kachikwu exhaustively briefed PENGASSAN and other stakeholders on the vexed issue of Joint Venture Cash Call (JVCC), the arrears of which have not been paid to the Joint Venture partners, hence the threat by the International Oil Companies (IOCs) to lay off their Nigerian workers while refusing to pay some of their allowances due to an alleged shortage of cash.

Also read: NLC suspends nationwide strike

Kachikwu said that the ministry was restructuring the operational modalities of the JVCC, especially in view of the low oil prices but assured the union, the JVCC partners and other stakeholders of positive and agreeable results when the meeting reconvenes in late June.

Meanwhile there are indications that the Federal Government and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) would resume negotiation today in Abuja over hike in the price of petrol and electricity tariff.

The Guardian learnt that the venue of the meeting remains the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, at about 2:00 p.m.

The President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba said that the Congress had indeed received a formal letter of invitation from government and also hinted that the leadership of the Congress would attend the meeting slated for the office of the SGF.

- News 24


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