The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), has warned the management of Chevron not to deploy soldiers to its oil installations as this might cause industrial crisis.
NUPENG gave the warning on Monday in a news statement signed by Mr Issac Aberare, Acting General Secretary, which was made available to Daily Times.
Aberare said that Chevron planned to deploy soldiers and other security agencies to its installations in Escravos, Warri, Port-Harcourt and other locations.
The union and management of Chevron met on Dec. 27 and 28 in Abuja, to discuss the contract of the Big 6 in Chevron and labour related issues– at the instance of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
No agreement was reached during a meeting of NUPENG and Chevron management but another meeting was fixed for Jan.7. Aberare alleged that Chevron had ordered the soldiers to shoot at sight, adding that the company also denied the contract workers access to the
He said that the union believed in the mediation meeting which would pave way for easy transition to the new contractors. “This action of Chevron is uncalled for. The denial of 1,700 contract workers access to these installations may lead to a serious industrial crisis that will not augur well for the oil and gas industry, if any of them is
harmed, “ he said.