Labour unions seek inclusion of workers’ interests in PIGB

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Oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Workers (NUPENG) have called on the National Assembly to include workers’ interests in the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) undergoing the process of being passed at the National Assembly, The Nation reports.

The unions made the call in a memorandum submitted to the Joint Senate Committee on PIGB at a public hearing on the Bill in Abuja. They based their memorandum on five major policy broad thrusts which are: transparency and accountability, fiscal terms, institutional framework (minister, regulator and commercial entities), refinery and other downstream activities, and labour issues and membership of institutions, boards and committees.

The unions noted that a major challenge that will confront the workers in the organisations and agencies that will be impacted by the PIGB, especially the National Petroleum Company, is the transition from a more socially focused organisation to a profit-focused organisation.