NNPC sacks 850 contracts staff working at refineries ~NUPENG, PENGASSAN
Nigeria’s state-run oil firm Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) may have sacked 850 contract staff working for the country refineries being managed by the oil giants, the two major trade groups in the industry have said.
The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) said on Monday that the threat by the minister of state for petroleum, Timipre Sylva to sack workers at the refineries have been carried out.
In a statement signed by NUPENG president Williams Akporeha, and his counterpart in PENGASSAN, Ndukaku Ohaeri, the union leaders said; “On the purported threat of the Group Managing Director of NNPC to sack workers, we wish to state here that it was actually no more a threat but that it had already been carried out with the sack of 850 support staff in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, throwing almost a thousand workers into hard financial situation without an iota of empathy or consultation with the union,”
According to them, the unions never threatened to go on strike, but that they only demanded to be engaged for a proper discussion on the commensurate terminal benefits of the workers who had worked for 10 to 15 years.
They said, “We found it rather highly inhuman and unfair on the part of NNPC management to sack these workers with only their last pay cheques after 15 good years of their lives in NNPC.
“If a Minister of Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Group Managing Director of NNPC can dismiss contract workers that have served for more than 10 years continuously as if they are rodents, what more can we expect from lOCs. The monthly salaries of 25 of these contract staff put together cannot equal a typical management staff salary of the same organisation.”