By Victor Young & Michael Eboh
Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, and its Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, have threatened to embark on a three-day warning strike from Wednesday, over alleged forceful enrollment of members into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS.
A supply among the many oil staff informed Vanguard, on Sunday, that throughout the strike, oil installations could be shut down throughout the nation.
The supply said that NUPENG and PENGASSAN had written to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and that of Labour and Employment, protesting the choice of the Federal Government to cease the fee of salaries of oil staff in authorities parastatals but to be captured on IPPIS platform as at Thursday, June 18.
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An official of PENGASSAN lamented that the oil staff’ unions had been assembly with the administration of IPPIS over the matter for a very long time with none head approach, insisting that oil staff within the public sector have rejected IPPIS.
According to him, “we’ve got intimated Minister of Labour and Employment in addition to Minister of State for Petroleum Resources.
“The ball is within the courtroom of the Federal Government to apprehend the matter earlier than it degenerates. Even up until final Friday, we nonetheless wrote letters to the federal government on the necessity to tackle the matter.
“We have already asked our members to be ready for any eventuality. So, between Monday and the close of work on Tuesday, if nothing concrete comes from the Federal Government, we will have no option than to direct our members to proceed on three days warning strike from Wednesday, June 24.”
The letter to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, dated June 19, 2020, was entitled: ‘Re: Enrollment of Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, reminder.
The letter of risk to strike over IPPIS, signed by General Secretary of PENGASSAN, Lumumba Okungbowa and General Secretary of NUPENG, Olawale Afolabi, referred to as on the minister, Chief Timipre Sylva, to intervene within the matter and prevail on the Accountant-General of the Federation to desist from forcefully enrolling its members.
The letter learn partially: “We are in receipt of a replica of a directive from the workplace of the Accountant-General of the Federation, directing the Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies to register their employees on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, platform on or earlier than Thursday, June 18; threatening additional launch of Personnel Cost if the directive is ignored.
“Please learn that the Association/Union apprehension concerning the IPPIS platform stems from the truth that it discountenances the peculiarities of the oil and fuel trade close to Collective Bargaining Agreement, CBA, and authorised pay construction between Union and Federal Government although the Salaries, Wages, Income Commission.
“Recall that by a committee set by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, we’ve got been assembly with the IPPIS to think about its peculiarities in coming unto the IPPIS platform, as an alternative of a blanket implementation.
“These talks have not been concluded and we called for a resumption of talks in order to resolve the issues raised and, where required, provide additional information to the IPPIS,” then added their risk to strike over IPPIS.