The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), has issued a seven-day ultimatum to Chevron Nigeria Limited to honour an agreement on workers welfare to avoid Industrial actions.
The union disclosed this in a statement jointly signed by NUPENG president, Williams Akporeha, and general secretary, Afolabi Olawale.
NUPENG has accused Chevron of sacking hundreds of Nigerian workers and altering contracts, both of which it said were in violation of an agreement.
According to the statement, Chevron reneged in the agreement one year after the negotiation brokered by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) and the Ministry of Labour.
Mr Akporeha said the union and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) had a protracted negotiation with Chevron on more than 70 per cent labour manpower reduction.
He said that Chevron claimed that it required the 70 per cent job reduction in view of its operations in the Nigeria oil and gas industry.
The union, in a statement issued on Thursday, made a number of demands which included the return to work of all “NUPENG executives”. It said 500 of its members had been removed from their posts, although it was not clear if they were all executives.