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NUPENG, PENGASSAN call off plans to shut down oil operations in Niger Delta

By on February 15, 2013

NIGERIA Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, have called off its plans to shut down oil operations in Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and six other states over alleged  unfair labour practices by the management of Onne, Rivers State, Free Trade Zone.

The industrial action slated to commence last Wednesday, would’ve also affected other states such as Ebonyi, Imo, Enugu, Abia, Anambra and Benue.

NUPENG and PENGASSAN members were protesting the sack of union members and refusal of over 100 oil firms in the  Onne Free Trade Zone to allow their workers to join unions as guaranteed  in the nation’s constitution, labour and international conventions ratified by Nigeria.

The suspension of the strike, according to NUPENG and PENGASSAN, was sequel to the agreement reached with management of the zone last week in a meeting called by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu.