By Victor Young
Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has petitioned Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, and Total E &P Nigeria Limited over the termination of employment of their members and refusal to pay their entitlements by one of their contractors, Valiant/Vicadis.
In a different petition to the management of the two International Oil Companies, dated May 12, 2020, NUPENG pleaded with SPDC and Total E &P Nigeria Limited to intervene and ensure the payment of affected workers’ full benefits to avoid industrial unrest.
In the petition addressed NUPENG’s General Secretary, Afolabi Olawale, pleaded with SPDC to intervene and ensure the payment of affected workers full benefits to avoid industrial unrest.
The petition read in part, “We are deeply constrained to bring to your urgent attention and intervention the unlawful termination of the employment of our members on the 28th of October, 2019 in very dubious manner and in violation of provisions of the extant labour law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the failure of the management of Valiant Energy Services West Africa to pay the terminal benefits of the affected Workers.
“It was brought to our official attention in the third quarter of 2019 that in line with the laws regulating the operations of drilling Rigs in Nigeria, the Rig drilling for Borr Frigg was due to Temporary importation on permit and will be moving out of the Country from 25th October, 2O19 till December 2019. However, based on the antecedents of the managements of these companies of lacking in integrity and having dubious ways and manner of avoiding and evading statutory responsibilities and obligations to statutory institutions and workers, the workers requested that their employment contract should be severed and their entitlements paid off.”
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