NUPENG, Chevron in conflict over workers' sack

NUPENG, Chevron in conflict over workers’ sack

NUPENG, CHEVRON in conflict over workers' sack

Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has condemned “the incessant anti-labour posture” of Chevron Nigeria Limited and its service contractors, Daily Times gathered.

NUPENG had earlier accused Chevron of sacking 175 contract workers in YKISH lntegrated Services, Delog Nigeria Ltd, EUROFLOW Services, and others because they joined the union.

The President, Williams Akporeha, and Olawale Afolabi, the Secretary, said in a statement on Friday, that the union was uncomfortable and disheartened about the disregard for labour laws.

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“The employment of these workers were terminated via WhatsApp messages into workers’ respective mobile telephone. It was such an appalling, callous and very heart rendering approach to industrial relations practice at this age and time.

“We wish to emphasize that this lack of respect and sensitivity to Nigerian extant labour law, international conventions and global best practices is gradually becoming the stock in trade for Chevron Nigeria Limited and its contractors.

“There are several other lingering issues against hapless workers yet to be addressed by Chevron and its contractors even after several regulatory institutions like Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Department of Petroleum Resources and NAPIMS severally ruled on the matters,” it said.

The pending issues was viewed as “illegal deduction of workers’ by NUPENG as workers have not received their benefits since 2012.

NUPENG also added that the discrimination against contract workers “as evident by the refusal Chevron Management to pay quarantine allowances to contract workers as it was done for all permanent workers.”

NUPENG urged the Nigerian government, relevant agencies and the United States of America to call Chveron and its contractors to order.

It asked for reenlistment of the sacked workers, return to status quo, and proper engagement of NUPENG on all lingering matters.

“In the interest of peace and harmony, our demands must be met within seven days, otherwise we may be forced to call out all our members on a nationwide industrial action”, the statement warned.

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