Oil Staff Unions in Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) are protesting the sacking of three contract staff by the company, while describing the action of the oil company as unlawful.
Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), in a joint letter sent to the Chairman/Managing Director of Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) requested management to take urgent steps to avert a looming industrial crisis and warned that no further notice will be given.
The Unions said it had earlier issued a 14-day notice for reinstatement of the affected staff, but this was not done.
Also additional demands, including refunds of outstanding monetary benefits, illegal deductions from worker’s terminal benefits, owed vacation allowances and other contending issues with contracting companies, were ignored by Chevron Nigeria Limited.
The Unions further accused the company’s management of employing tools to cut down payments to contract staff and casualising its labour force, which according to the union, was against the laws of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
Reacting to the development, Esimaje Brikinn, General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs of Chevron Nigeria Limited stated that Chevron Nigeria Limited did not terminate the contract of any employee including those of the independent third-party contractors.
According to him, Chevron Nigeria Limited is a responsible and law abiding company, whose priority remains the welfare and safety of its employees and contractor personnel deployed to its facilities.
He further disclosed that the company, in line with its commitment to resolving issues through dialogue and respect for the rule of law, would meet with the leaders of both Unions and the Contractors in order to fully understand their concerns and resolve the issues amicably.