CHEVRON SUCCUMBS TO NUPENG’S DEMAND, RECALLS SACKED EMPLOYEES
Verifications emerged on Monday that Chevron Nigeria Limited (CVL) had recalled sacked members of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG).
The National Secretary of the union, Afolabi Olawale, disclosed this in a telephone interview with a correspondent of the PUNCH.
He explained that the union’s meeting with the management of the CVL was the outcome of a truce organised by the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari.
He said a lot of progress has been made, which includes the suspension of the planned industrial action, based on the intervention of the GMD, NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari. He added that meetings have been held with the management of the Chevron Nigeria, noting that a representative was sent.
“I am happy to tell you that we have signed a new agreement which still consists of our earlier demands. It was due to the breach of the old agreement that warranted the signing of a new agreement. Our union members that were sacked have been asked to return to work. We thank the GMD, NNPC, for his intervention. He was quite instrumental to the success recorded in ending the NUPENG-CNL face-off”, Olawale said.
NUPENG had on Friday issued a statement announcing the suspension of its planned strike expected to begin on Tuesday.
The union had earlier expressed its resentment on the breach of the earlier agreement it signed with the oil company.
The union in a statement released on July 31 said, “NUPENG, with deep frustration and worries, would like to alert the general public and all relevant authorities to the blatant violation of agreement reached between Chevron Nigeria Limited Company and unions in the industry.