The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria says it has suspended its proposed strike over Chevron Nigeria Limited’s plan to lay off 600 workers at the Agbami Offshore Oilfield in Bayelsa State.
Lumumba Okugbawa, General-Secretary of PENGASSAN, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
Okugbawa told NAN 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 the mediatory meeting by Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum, 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 shut down 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 October 2, 2020 by 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, currently produces about 140,000 bpd, according to industry data.