Oil workers under the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Worker (NUPENG) have called off their four-day long industrial action.
The National Executive Councils of the two unions agreed to suspend the strike after an agreement was reached on Thursday during a meeting with representatives of the federal government, which lasted till the early hours of Friday.
Although details of the resolution have not yet been disclosed, a senior national official of PENGASSAN in Abuja said that the unions were able to extract “firm” commitments from the government with regards to their grievances.
The meeting, convened by the Ministry of Labour and Productivity, was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.
Some of the demands of the workers included the immediate reinstatement of one of PENGASSAN zonal official in Rivers state, Elo Victor, sacked by the management of Total Oil Nigeria and the suspension of plans by government to sell the refineries.
The workers were also protesting against the delay in the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), which has been pending at the National Assembly for about six years.
The PENGASSAN official also disclosed that a formal joint statement calling off the action would be issued by the NEC of the union later today Friday, December 19, 2014.