Kachikwu to engage PENGASSAN following fresh threat of nationwide strike

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Nigeria’s Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), one of the country’s two main oil unions, threatened on Thursday to stage a nationwide strike from Dec. 15 over a “mass sacking of workers”, Reuters reports.

The union said in a statement that it disputed the treatment of its workers by domestic oil and gas companies and marginal field operators. There had been “an apparent failure of relevant authorities of government to call to order these recalcitrant organisations,” it said.

However, Nigeria’s oil minister, Ibe Kachikwu said on Thursday the government would engage with the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria following the trade union’s threat to launch a nationwide strike.