Labour unions order members to shut down Chevron's operations

The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have ordered their members in Chevron to shut down operations of the oil company over the sack of up to 25 per cent of employees.
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Emeh Joy

The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have ordered their members in Chevron to shut down operations of the oil company over the sack of up to 25 per cent of employees.

This directive was issued on Sunday via a joint statement signed by NUPENG President, Williams Akporeha and PENGASSAN President, Festus Osifo, InsideBusiness reported.

The labour unions alleged that Chevron management had embarked on anti-labour practices. The statement by the two labour unions read thus;

"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 the activities of organisations in Nigeria. This law cannot be breached; we must follow due process".

According to NUPENG and PENGASSAN, the Chevron management on October 1 discharged about 2,000 of its employees, telling them that their services were no longer required.

"The Chevron management asked those employees who were still interested in working with them to apply afresh. 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", the unions said.

However, Chevron's General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Esimaje Brikinn, who spoke earlier via a statement said the welfare and safety of its workforce was one of its highest priorities.

"Making changes to the organisation is never easy for anyone that will be impacted, but it is to improve our ability to remain competitive in Nigeria.

"Reducing the cost and improving the efficiency of our operations are critical to generating more revenues for the Federal Government of Nigeria", Brikinn said.

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