…Says company not worker-friendly
24 May 2017, Sweetcrude, Lagos – The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, says it would resist the bid by Oando Plc to take over the Port Harcourt Refinery, accusing the company of being unfriendly to workers.
The Federal Government is planning to hand over the refinery to the company under a repair, operate and maintain, ROM, deal following a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, to that effect between it and the government.
But NUPENG said it was totally opposed to the arrangement. “Oando Plc is not a worker-friendly organisation as it detests unionisation in all its subsidiaries and companies.
“We are not against the Federal Government’s reform to overhaul the oil and gas sector, but it should not be to the detriment of workers.
“NUPENG will resist the arrangement with Oando if the oil workers are thrown into the unemployment market. The change promised by the present administration is to generate more jobs and not kill jobs which Oando is known for,” NUPENG said in a statement.