NUPENG calls on govt to stop looming sack by Chevron, SPDC

25 January 2016, Abuja – Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has called on the Federal Government to stop Chevron and Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), from extending the planned sack of 18,500 workers globally to Nigeria.



NUPENG in a statement by its President, Mr. Igwe Achese said that the union was worried and concerned about the purported sack threat of about 18,500 workers, though, globally in Chevron and Shell, describing the planned sack as alarming.

NUPENG calls on the federal government to halt the threat of loss of jobs in Nigeria by these multinational companies and wonders why Chevron and Shell should engage in the impending sack, when they have fully divested from on – shore oil fields.

It claimed the planned sack was a sack too many, as oil workers in Chevron Nigeria and Shell would be affected, as the two companies had adduced dwindling oil prices in the international market for the planned sack.

NUPENG warns that it may be forced to embark on industrial action if the Federal government, through the regulatory agency, NNPC fails to stop Chevron and Shell from sending oil workers in Nigeria to the unemployment market

It will be morally unjustified for Chevron and Shell to retrench oil workers in Nigeria as they are carting away profits made from deep oil shores and joint venture gas projects.

NUPENG condemns in its entirety the impending sack as it will not work with the current efforts of the Buhari administration to generate employment instead of job losses.

“It will amount to derailing the efforts of the government to provide jobs for Nigerians. It states that the oil giants should cut cost by employing Nigerians in positions where expatriates hold sway and are paid ten times what our people are getting”, he added.

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  • Terry Nnanna

    Unlike NNPC, these companies are run under international best business practices. You do not continue paying a worker who is not contributing anything to the bottom line just because he is a Nigerian. The offshore operations of these companies can only sustain a certain level of staffing. NUPENG should educate us on which budget their obviously redundant personnel should be paid from. For the love of Pete, these guys are running a business not a charitable organization..