The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) workers and the management of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) have reached an agreement to work out their differences which threatened to disrupt activities in the sector.
According to a communiqué issued at the end of last Wednesday’s meeting held at the Ministry of Labour and Productivity in Abuja, the union agreed to call off its strike action against Shell while Shell reinstated the sacked the Chairman of the NUPENG-SPDC caretaker committee, Mr. Kingsley Enomate.
The communiqué which was made available to THISDAY in Abuja yesterday, added that Shell and NUPENG have agreed to resolve internally the matter of the former Chairman of NUPENG who was expelled for anti-union activities
“...that Fidelis Okandeji and NUPENG would seek the leave of the Court to withdraw all pending suits instituted by them. That NUPENG shall deploy its internal mechanism to address the issue of Fidelis Okandeji to be facilitated by Shell,” it read.
The parties agreed to report back to the Minister of Labour, Chief Emeka Wogu on progresses made by January 31, 2013.
The communiqué was signed by General Manager, Human Resources of NNPC, Mr. Peter Odjoji, his SPDC counterpart, Mr.C.I Gbandi, Deputy President, NUPENG, John Ossai, General Secretary of NUPENG, Isaac Aberare and the Director Trade Union Services of the Labour Ministry, Mrs. Chinwe Dike.