Following a labour dispute involving Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) management and the staff of NUPENG and PENGASSSAN have threatened to shut down the country.
NIGERIA NEWS gathered that the duo signed a statement which contained the warning as delivered by both secretaries Comrade Lumumba Okugbawa, PENGASSAN General Secretary and Comrade Adamu Song, NUPENG General Secretary.
The statement lamented “the ways and manners the Chevron Management is executing the end of M15 and H15 Contracts with hidden plans and intentions to unilaterally and heinously sack thousands of contract workers inspite of the ongoing intervention of Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment as well as the established Labour Contract Staffing Guidelines in the oil and gas industry”.
“While Chevron had decided to close M-15 and H-15 contracts by 31st October, 2019, it is really disturbing to see the new Contractors being engaged by Chevron Management and whose Labour Contract will take effect on November 1, 2019, to start advertising all jobs, inspite of clear provision for “roll over” of the existing workers on the jobs, consequent upon which large numbers of the current workforce are most likely to be abruptly thrown into the Labour market in their own country.”
“Without mincing words, we are deeply bothered by the purported claims being peddled around by Chevron Management that their action of sacking Nigerian workers is a directive from National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPPIMS) and the Nigeria Contents Monitoring and Development Board (NCMDB). We then begin to wonder if the role of these reputable government agencies is to create jobs for Nigerians or to compound unemployment situation as already prevalent in the country.”
“At this juncture, we are further constrained to notify the general public that NUPENG and PENGASSAN will not hesitate to embark on nationwide industrial action on this matter and we have already placed our members on red alert should the Management of Chevron remains recalcitrant or adamant to rescind its anti-labour decision which is grossly injurious to Nigerian workers who are oil and gas workers and by extension the nation’s”.
Reacting to this Baru Maikanti in a quick response have pleaded with the workers to halt the strike.