The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has suspended it proposed strike over Chevron Nigeria Limited’s plan (CNL) to lay off 600 workers at the Agbami Offshore Oilfield in Bayelsa state.
PENGASSAN’s General-Secretary, Lumumba Okugbawa, made this known on Friday in Yenagoa, adding that the strike had been put on hold following a truce with company’s management on April 15.
According to him, the leadership of PENGASSAN and management of CNL reached an agreement over the matter, making the proposed strike unnecessary.
Okugbawa said that the mediatory meeting by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, with the leadership of the union scheduled for April 15 could not also hold because a truce had reached.
PENGASSAN had threatened to down tools and shutdown Agbami Offshore Oilfield over moves by Chevron to cut its workforce by 25 per cent.
The plan to lay off 600 workers was announced, in a statement, on Oct. 2, 2020 by Mr Esimaje Brikinn, CNL’s General Manager Policy, Government and Public Affairs.
Brikinn said the job cut was to reposition the oil firm for greater efficiency and competitiveness.
Agbami field, which has the capacity to produce 250,000 barrels per day (bpd), currently produces about 140,000 bpd according to industry data.