The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has opposed the recent Memorandum of Understanding, entered into by the federal government and Oando Plc to manage Port Harcourt Refinery under Repair, Operate and Maintain arrangement.
NUPENG is alleging that the company is unfriendly to workers.
In a statement, NUPENG General Secretary, Joseph Ogbebor, described the arrangement as faulty, non-transparent and non-inclusive of stakeholders.
The union advised the federal government against the takeover bid by Oando, warning that it would resist it, if it would cause job losses.
NUPENG said while it welcomed the federal government’s reforms to overhaul the oil and gas sector, such reforms should not be to the detriment of workers.
It, therefore, called on the government to involve the NUPENG and PENGASSAN in the arrangement before it is signed by the end of July, 2017, so as to avert industrial crisis in the oil and gas sector of the economy.