The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has urged the National Assembly to fast-track the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill.

NUPENG made the call on Friday in a statement ahead of the celebration of Workers’ Day on Saturday (today).

The statement said, “The union leadership is equally using this opportunity to call on the Federal Government, especially the National Assembly, to fast-track the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill so that it can receive Presidential assent as soon as possible.”

The union also called on the government to ensure that “the minimum wage is not expunged from the exclusive to concurrent list”, saying the payment must remain non-negotiable.

While wishing Nigerian oil and gas workers and the entire working people globally a happy celebration, the union expressed grave concerns over the various challenges facing the Nigerian oil and gas industrial relations atmosphere.

“The national leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers profoundly felicitates with Nigeria’s oil and gas workers and other industry players as a whole on this auspicious day specifically set aside to celebrate the uniqueness of working masses in their various endeavours,” it said.

According to NUPENG, the Nigerian oil and gas industrial relations atmosphere has been grossly affected negatively with numerous challenges ranging from redundancy, casualisation, outsourcing, hostile employers, non-implementation of collective bargaining agreements to non-recognition of unions in the workplace.

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