The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have reacted to the action taken by Chevron. A joint statement was signed by Presidents of NUPENG, Prince Williams Akporeha, and PENGASSAN, Festus Osifo. Furthermore, they informed their members to withdraw their services in protest to the move made by Chevron.
These groups have accused Chevron of laying-off the Staffs illegally and unprofessionally. Furthermore, it was alleged that Chevron said for the remaining staff, they still have to reapply afresh. The announcement to sack about 2,000 workers was announced by Chevron on October 1st.
The statement reads, “We have directed our members in Chevron to withdraw their services. We also call on the Federal Government to caution Chevron Management; 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.”