EXCLUSIVE: Labour Threatens Shut-Down Of Chevron Operations Over Non-Resolution Of Demands

 

PEGASUS REPORTERS

Nigerian Oil sector may witness a deep in the days ahead if relevant ministries do not take steps to address the looming crisis between Oil major, Chevron Nigeria Limited and representatives of the company’s labour union bodies, NUPENGASSAN.

It will be recalled that an important aspect of the existing labour crisis that boiled over with the termination of some staff of the company is the refund of the outstanding difference in monetary benefits due to short-payment and illegal deductions from workers’ benefit since 2012 to every affected worker with reference to the original spreadsheet approved for payment with the NNPC.

Though, our sources explained that the unions were confident that CNL management will see reasons to ensure amicable settlement of the issues, it became clear that that peaceful negotiation of issues has collapsed as CNL allegedly prompted the dismissal by services companies of three (3) staffs; Messrs Bukola Sola Adebawo, James Ukachuikwu and John Ayeni.

According to the unions, “this action is antithetical to all applicable laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as well as international laws that guide employment and the protection of the rights of workers”

The union has therefore warned that it will not serve any further notice of warning to the company before shutting down all operations now that it’s apparent that management is not willing to embrace peaceful dialogue to resolve all the issues raised

In a letter dated June 4, 2021, and signed by executives of NUPENGASSAN, Chevron Branch, the unions are requesting for the reinstatement of the affected staff and resolution of the unions earlier issued a 10-point demand which includes the followings:

1. Nonpayment of vacation allowances

2. Refund of loans illegally deducted from worker terminal benefits as directed by relevant bodies and the Federal Ministry of Labour & Employment;

3. Non-payment of 2018 vacation allowances as well as non-granting by CNL of vacation for the year;

4. Refusal by CNL to give an adequate mandate to her labour contract companies to negotiate collective bargaining agreement;

5. Refusal to allow contract worker to use staff bus by CNL;

6. Closure of redundancy discussion for affected employees who exited since May 2020 due to unilateral termination of their appointments by CNL

7. Victimization of manpower contract personnel for unionizing, etc;

8. A looming closure of IEME Contracts by June 2021 without following due process and apprehension that management has made advance plans to casualize employment in the department with new contractors;

9. Attempt by CNL management to underpay personnel working from home the cost of providing for themselves ergonomic tools;

10. Casualization of Labour force.

Pegasus Reporters efforts to reach the Zonal Secretary of NUPENG, Mr Leke Adepegba were not successful at the time of going to press as his number was not accessible.

Attached below are copies of the letter from NUPENGASSAN to the management of Chevron Nigeria Limited:

 

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