Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has issued a seven-day strike notice to the federal government over the breach of the agreement made with Chevron Nigeria Limited over the decision reached with the union on June 20, which states that 30 per cent of the Labour Manpower Contract Workers will be relieved.
A statement signed by the President and General Secretary of NUPENG, Prince Williams Akporeha and Afolabi Olawale, partly states;
“NUPENG, with deep frustration and worries, would like to alert the general public and all relevant authorities of the blatant violation of an agreement reached between Chevron Nigeria Limited Company and unions in the industry…
“After up to one year negotiation, brokered by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC; National Petroleum Investment Management Services, NAPIMS, and Ministry of Labour, it was agreed that considering the intervention of all the institutions mentioned above and the various justifications made, only 30 per cent of the Labour Manpower Contract Workers will be relieved.
‘’It is further embarrassing to see that NUPENG executives are also part of those already locked out. From our record, over 500 of NUPENG members are being sacked. We further learned that the intention of Chevron is to change the contract to short term service contract and we see this as unfair and a breach of agreement reached with us in bad faith.
“Consequent on the above demands and having been pushed to the wall, NUPENG, hereby, puts all our members on red alert should Chevron Nigeria Limited and its contractors fail to honour or comply with our demands within the next seven days, we would also not hesitate to take all necessary legal options available to us, including industrial actions, to press home our legitimate demands.”