The indefinite strike action by workers of Addax Petroleum Development Nigeria Limited under the umbrella of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, has resulted in Nigeria losing 30,000 barrels of crude oil daily. It has emerged that the workers were still observing the strike as the management of the company was yet to accede to their demands. The workers began their strike on April 16 over what they termed “some unresolved issues”, which saw the management allegedly issuing a ‘no work no pay’ threat.
The aggrieved workers also alleged impunity on the part of the management in its relationship with workers and its entrenchment of a “culture of contempt and disdain for the association (PENGASSAN)”.
PENGASSAN members in Addax had on day-1 of the strike locked out the Senior Vice President/Chief Executive of the company, Colin Klappa, when he arrived at the Lagos office of the company to resume work, forcing him to meet with management staff outside the premises of the company as all entrance to the premises were also put under lock and key by the protesting workers.
The company, which produces 30,000 barrels of oil from its offshore and onshore locations in the Niger Delta, has been experiencing hitch in production since the workers’ strike.
The chairman local chapter of PENGASSAN, Chris Ogiewonyi, said workers resorted to the indefinite strike as a result of failed and inconclusive communications between the union and management over alleged “culture of impunity against some of its officials.”