One of Nigeria’s two main oil unions on Thursday threatened to launch a nationwide strike from December 18 over what it said was a “mass sacking of workers that joined the union”.
If the government fails to force the management of domestic oil and gas companies and marginal field operators to recall laid off union members, its workers will go on strike, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) said.
PENGASSAN did not say how many workers were laid off and union officials did not respond to calls and messages.
The oil ministry and labour ministry, often involved in resolving oil union disputes, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Nigeria’s state oil company this week tried to reassure motorists there was no shortage of petrol after panic buying led to long queues at filling stations as the busy Christmas holiday period approaches.
PENGASSAN is the acronyms for Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and it is one of the 24 registered Senior Staff Associations in Nigeria.
It was formally registered as a trade union on August 15, 1978.
It presently has its National Headquarters at 288, Ikorodu Road, Anthony Village, Lagos.