The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has condemned plans by Chevron Nigeria Limited and other multinationals oil companies, scheming to relocate jobs to home countries and also replace Nigerians in their establishments with their nationals.
The Congress said it gathered that Chevron management, recently, notified about 2,000 of its employees that their services are no longer required and that those still interested in working with them should apply afresh for a new job, stressing that the development runs contrary to Nigeria’s laws regulating the Oil and Gas industry, and other industries in the country as it does not protect our national interest.
PENGASSAN, a senior staff union in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector had on Friday issued a statement where it alleged that Chevron Management plan to sack 600 after locked out 2000 Nigerian workers.
Though this has been confirmed by the company, attributing its action to COVID-19 pandemic, stressing that, the new organizational structures will, unfortunately, require approximately 25 percent reduction in the work force across the various levels in its organization.
CNL’s General Manager Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Esimaje Brikinn explains that the aim is to have a business that is competitive and have an appropriately sized organization with improved processes.
This he said, would increase efficiency and effectiveness, retain value, reduce cost, and generate more revenue for the Federal Government of Nigeria.
But, TUC in an appeal letter to the President, Mohammadu Buhari, jointly signed by its President and Secretary General, Quadri Olaleye and Musa-Lawal Ozigi, respectively described the plan as an imperialist agenda that must not be allowed to stay; most especially as the nation have just finished celebrating its 60th independence.
It stated: “Agree, the coronavirus pandemic did hit the world real hard, but should that make organisations lose their humanity? It is obvious that the management wants to casualise Nigerians. Is this a way to compensate workers who have risked their lives, even during the lockdown to sustain production? It is imperative at this point to remind the federal government that job creation is one of its mantras. In fact, the government made the creation of 1 million jobs per year a must do if voted into power. Furthermore, an approval was also given for the employment of one thousand employees in the NNPC by the government which to us is an effort geared towards fulfilling its promise on job creation. Why should this come up now?
“Mr. president, we are Nigerians and it is expedient that we defend our interest. We should consider this move by Chevron management as an insult on our collective existence as a country. With our 60% stake in Chevron we should have a say. The Congress will not turn its back on the oil workers. We must know that sacking two thousand employees who are married men and women is the same as sacking ten thousand people. The additional eight thousand are their dependents (wives, husband, children, parents, in-laws and unemployed friends)”.