By Shola Amodemaja
Â The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has expressed worry and concerns about the purported sack threat of about 18,500 workers, though, globally in Chevron and Shell.
The union, speaking through its national president Comrade Dr. Igwe Achese, stated that it is a sack too many, as oil workers in Chevron Nigeria and Shell will be affected.
Describing the sack threat as alarming which is adduced to the dwindling oil prices in the international market, NUPENG called on the federal government to halt the threat of loss of jobs in Nigeria by these multinational companies and wondered why Chevron and Shell should engage in the impending sack, when they have fully divested from onshore oil fields.
Achese added that 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 and therefore condemned 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.
NUPENG added that it will amount to derailing the efforts of the government to provide jobs for Nigerians.
Stating 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, NUPENG warned 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.