PENGASSAN, NUPENG Threaten Strike Over IPPS Enrollment

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SWITZERLAND, JUNE 22 – The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers have threatened to embark on a nationwide strike over plans by the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation to register oil workers on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.

The unions made the disclosure in a letter addressed to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva.

The letter, which was dated June 19, 2020, and made available to the media in Abuja on Sunday, was jointly signed by the General Secretaries of PENGASSAN and NUPENG, Lumumgba Okugbawa and Olawale Afolabi, respectively.

The unions said their apprehension about the IPPIS platform stemmed from the fact that it discountenanced the peculiarities of the oil and gas sector with regards to collective bargaining agreement and approved pay structure between the unions and the Federal Government.

“We reiterate that industrial peace in the sector cannot be guaranteed if the salaries of our members are stopped or if the implementation is carried out unilaterally without our input,” the unions said.

Afolabi also stated that the unions would embark on industrial action if the government neglects their requests.

He, however, said that no date had been fixed for the commencement of such action as the unions were optimistic that the government would listen to their demands.

The letter stated that the unions were surprised that though the Federal Government recently revived the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System, where all affected agencies were currently on, the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation still insisted on enrolling oil workers on the IPPIS platform.

Describing the IPPIS platform as defective and problematic, the unions urged the petroleum minister to intervene in the matter to avert crisis in the oil sector.

Both oil unions stressed that they were counting on Sylva’s understanding in resolving the matter.

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