Moniplexes: Chevron workers protest sack

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June 16, 2005

 

Workers of Chevron Nigeria Limited, the multinational oil company, have protested against the retrenchment of 500 workers by the management.


According to sources at the company, the protest started when the management and the workers could not agree on the modalities for the retrenchment.


The workers begun started wearing red head bands to their offices since June 6 and gathered in all the company’s locations in the country for at least an hour to review the situation.


Our correspondent learnt that the workers will soon begin the second phase of their protest, which might include shutting down all the company’s oil installations throughout the country.


The affected workers were also directed not to collect their sack letters until the situation was resolved.


Our correspondent also gathered that the workers went on hunger strike last Friday, to further show their discontent, which made the company to loose some money as a result of the waste.

Part of the reasons given for the retrenchment exercise were the inability of the company to continue exploration in some of its fields due to restiveness by the host communities and the acquisition of new technologies that require less manpower.

The company planned to retrench 1,500 of its workforce, out of which 500 had been announced on June 3, as part of its ongoing restructuring exercise.

Efforts are on to ensure that peace returns to the company, as the management had involved the national secretariats of the two unions and the Department of Petroleum Resources has stepped in to broker peace between the parties.

DPR would be meeting both parties on Wednesday (today), to resolve the lingering crisis that could lead to disruption of the company’s operations.

A meeting between the two parties deadlocked last Friday, as both parties could not reach a compromise on the issue. - Source The Punch


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