Following the recent announcement by Chevron Nigeria to cut down its work force by 25 per cent, the oil workers union — National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG), and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), have directed members of the union in Chevron to embark on a strike action.
According to the oil workers union, the members will carry out a total shutdown of operations in Chevron to protest the company’s decision to lay off 600 Nigerian staff, and its other anti-labor practices.
However, the presidents of both union; Williams Akporeha, NUPENG’s president, and PENGASSAN president, Festus Osifo, had in their statements urged the Federal Government to intervene in the matter.
Read their statements below;
“We have directed our members in Chevron to withdraw their services. We also call on the Federal Government to call Chevron Management to order, otherwise we can no longer guarantee industrial peace in the oil and gas sector.
“Here is our fatherland and we have a labour law that regulates the activities of organizations in Nigeria; this law cannot be breached; we must follow the process. This development runs contrary to Nigeria’s laws regulating the Oil and Gas Industry as it does not protect our national interest.
“This is an imperialist agenda that must not be allowed to stay; most especially as we have just finished celebrating our 60th independence as a sovereign country”.
According to reports, Chevron management had informed about 2,000 of its workers on October 1st, 2020 that their services are no longer needed. The aggrieved employees said the company plans to replace them with expatriates.
However, the oil workers union leaders alleged that Chevron has asked the affected employees who wish to remain with the company to reapply.