NUPENG threatens showdown nationwide over oppression by foreign firms
The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has vowed to shut down operations nationwide over what it described as oppressive and high handedness of management of Sterling Energy Exploration Company (SEEPCO).
It also indicted its drilling arm, British Oil and Gas Limited (BOGEL) for frustrating the legitimate demands of workers to join the union.NUPENG argued that five drilling oilrigs operated by SEEPCO and its drilling arm in Kwale and Warri, Delta State, have been in operation for several years but the management has refused to allow workers to join the union.
In this regard, the union is seeking the intervention of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), security agencies and other stakeholders in the oil and gas industry to arrest the imminent industrial crisis.
In a statement issued yesterday by NUPENG’s President, Williams Akporeha, it explained that rather that follow the path of decency and global best practices, management of the firms resulted to high-handedness and violence through the use of military officers and armed militias to forcibly evacuate no fewer than 2,500 employees from five drilling rigs.
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