The Federal government led by the Minister of Labor, Chris Ngige, today began talks with leaders of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, to end their 5-day strike action. According to both parties, the dialogue have so far been satisfactory.
NUPENG however says the strike will still continue until all issues that led to the call for the strike action is adequately addressed. Among the grievance of the oil workers include; staff redundancy and collective bargaining. Speaking after the meeting which lasted over six hours at the Federal Ministry of Labor, the Minister of state for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, said
“The meetings were collaborative. They were deliberate, they were frank and solution seeking. In most of the key areas, we had a good collaborative landing@he said Minister of Labor, Chris Ngige, said the only issue outstanding at the moment is the issue of unemployment in the sector “We only have one issue outstanding and that is unemployment. and that matter will be addressed tomorrow because the IOCs are not here.