The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas, NUPENG, has given the Federal Government, a 21-day ultimatum to order the recall of over 3,000 workers sacked by oil majors in the ongoing mass sack of workers in the sector or face a nationwide industrial action.
A communiqué issued by the Central Working Committee, CWC, meeting in Warri, Delta State, lamented that the 3,000 workers were sacked by oil majors and oil servicing companies who were closing shop on account of the current recession.
In the communiqué read by NUPENG’s President, IGWE ACHESE, the union also reprimanded the government for allegedly aggravating the crisis in the oil industry by its failure to meet its Joint Venture cash calls and stifling the populace by concentrating on the fight against corruption while the economy was left to suffer.
ACHESE who said that Chevron has wound up its Eastern operations and its offices closed lamented that a total of 1,500 workers were sacked without their entitlements and nobody is saying anything.
ExxonMobil has asked its contract staff to go, insisting that it can no longer pay them. Pan Ocean, Saipem, Grand Petroleum and Hercules Offshore, all around Warri, have closed shop.