Oil workers suspend planned strike over salary payment plan

Oil workers suspend planned strike over salary payment plan

- Oil workers have suspended their planned three days strike

- The strike was suspended following the intervention of the minister of state for petroleum resources

- The union had called for the strike action over what they described as a defective payment

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Following the intervention of Timpre Sylva, the minister of state for petroleum resources, oil workers have suspended their planned three days strike scheduled to commence on Wednesday, June 24.

The warning strike action called by the joint National Executive Committee of PENGASSAN and NUPENG on Sunday, June 21, was initially planned to protest the alleged enrolment of oil workers into what they called defective payment platform by the federal government.

The call-off was announced by Lumumba Okugbawa, the general secretary, Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) which was contained in a memo, Premium Times reports.

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According to reports, the strike action was following their demand concerning members of the union working in federal government agencies, who have had salaries withheld since May, over alleged non-compliance with the directive for agencies to enroll on the payment platform.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Sunday, June 21, suspended its indefinite strike which started on June 15.

This followed a meeting between the association and Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in Abuja.

NARD president, Dr Aliyu Sokomba, announced this while addressing a news conference on Sunday in Abuja. This is with effect from Monday, June 22.

Nigerian doctors had commenced a nationwide strike despite the increase in the cases of coronavirus in the country over unpaid salaries, lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in hospitals, and other entitlements, prompting the government to issue "no work no pay" threats on Tuesday, June 16.

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Meanwhile, Sokomba says the national officers shall continue negotiations with stakeholders, and progress made shall be reviewed in four weeks.

Recall that the Nigerian government on Friday, June 19, released N4.5 billion to 31 federal teaching and medical centres across the country, following the ongoing strike residents doctors embarked on.

This was revealed by Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment while briefing State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

The money was released as payment for hazard and inducement allowances for the month of April and May.

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