CHEVRON MUST HALT PLANS TO CIRCUMVENT LABOUR CONTRACT GUIDELINES

CHEVRON MUST HALT PLANS TO CIRCUMVENT LABOUR CONTRACT GUIDELINES

The National Leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Association (PENGASSAN) are becoming extremely worried and concerned with the ways and manners the Chevron Management is executing the end of M15 and H15 Contracts, which is ostensibly laced with hidden plans and intentions to unilaterally and heinously sack thousands of contract workers inspite of the ongoing intervention of Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment as well as the established Labour Contract Staffing Guidelines in the oil and gas industry.

While Chevron had decided to close M-15 and H-15 contracts by 31st October, 2018, it is really disturbing to see the new Contractors being engaged by Chevron Management and whose Labour Contract will take effect on November 1, 2018, to start advertising all jobs, inspite of clear provision for “roll over” of the existing workers on the jobs, consequent upon which large numbers of the current workforce are most likely to be abruptly thrown into the Labour market in their own country.
The leaderships of the two Unions in the oil and gas industry see such arrangement as cruel, callous and by all standards an affront on the Nigerian constituted authority and industry extant rules.

Without sounding immodest, it has now become quite glaring that Chevron Management is flippantly overstretching the good intentions of the Unions (NUPENG & PENGASSAN- NUPENGASSAN) to entrench peaceful and harmonious industrial relations particularly at a critical time like this when the country is approaching an election year.
Without mincing words, we are deeply bothered by the purported claims being peddled around by Chevron Management that their action of sacking Nigerian workers is a directive from National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPPIMS) and the Nigeria Contents Monitoring and Development Board (NCMDB). We then begin to wonder if the role of these reputable government agencies is to create jobs for Nigerians or to compound unemployment situation as already prevalent in the country.

As proactive Unions, that have interest of the nation at heart, we found it appropriate to use this avenue to appeal to the National Assembly, Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Department of State Services (DSS), and other relevant authority to prevail on Chevron Nigeria Limited to toe the line of best endeavour, by exercising restraints and engage in peaceful transition into new contract circle by strictly following established guidelines which provide for ‘roll over’’ of workers.

At this juncture, we are further constrained to notify the general public that NUPENG and PENGASSAN will not hesitate to embark on nationwide industrial action on this matter and we have already placed our members on red alert should the Management of Chevron remains recalcitrant or adamant to rescind its anti-labour decision which is grossly injurious to Nigerian workers who are oil and gas workers and by extension the nation’s economy.
God bless Nigeria.

Jointly signed by:
COMRADE LUMUMBA OKUGBAWA,
PENGASSAN GENERAL SECRETARY (and)

COMRADE ADAMU SONG,
NUPENG GENERAL SECRETARY.

NUPENG President William Akporeha Hosts Augustine Adokou

Augustine Adokou, project co-ordinator for “Stop Precarious Works Project Africa” with National President of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) Comrade Williams Eniredonana Akporeha and his management team along side with
Comrade Ismail Bello,
DGS Textile Union/ National Secretary Industriall National Council, after a successful 3-day workshop held at the NUPENG’s secretariat in Jibowu, Lagos

NUPENG CALL OFF STRIKE

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has directed all its members who had withdrawn their services in Delta State to return back to work with immediate effect.

President of the Union, Comrade Williams Akporeha took the decision on Friday (Sept. 7, 2018) after the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment through Honourable Minister of State, Prof. Stephen Ocheni and his team brokered settlement between NUPENG and the Managements of Sterling Oil Exploration and Energy Producing Company (SEEPCO) and British Oil and Gas Limited (BOGEL).

A communiqué was subsequently signed by all concerned parties at the end of the meeting in Abuja, the Ministry Secretariat where the truce was reached.

Part of the signed communique read,

“After extensive deliberation on the matter, the Ministry of Labour and Employment directed SEEPCO Management to ensure that all 3rd Party Contractors irrespective of the contract status should comply with the provision of the Law on workers’ unionization, deduction and remittance of Check-of-Dues.”

The timely intervention equally nullified the earlier plan by NUPENG to mobilize its members to kick off nationwide solidarity industrial action if armed military personnel fail to withdraw from the oil fields in Kwale, where workers were sacked and forcefully evicted for belonging to the union, an action which has been described alien to extant rules and conventions guiding industrial matters.

“The meeting agreed that no worker shall be victimized as a result of the industrial action.’’ the communique added.

Apart from the Hon. Minister and NUPENG President, others who attended the extensive deliberation were Director, Trade Union Services and Industrial Relations Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mrs. Omoabie Udeme Akpan, NUPENG Deputy General Secretary in charge of Operations, Comrade Olawale Afolabi, SEEPCO General Manager (HR/IR), Dr Chris Offokansi, and BOGEL Business Development Manager, Biju Alex.

NUPENG gives 24 hours ultimatum for the withdrawal of armed military operatives

BREAKING: NUPENG gives 24 hours ultimatum for the withdrawal of armed military operatives who forcefully evicted oil workers from SEEPCO/BOGEL oil fields in Kwale, Delta State on grounds of unionisation, failure which could lead to nationwide industrial action.” -Comrade Williams Akporeha (NUPENG
PRESIDENT)

Picture at the meeting

FROM LEFT: Comrade Tayo Aboyeji (Chairman NUPENG Lagos Zone), Comrade Monday Osunde (NUPENG National Trustee), Ms Remi Ihejirika (Project Mangager-Friedrich Ebert Stiftung-FES Nigeria Office), Uli Thum (Resident Representative of FES Nigeria Office), Comrade Williams Akporeha (NUPENG National President), Comrade Adamu Song (NUPENG General Secretary) and Comrade Afolabi Olawale (NUPENG Deputy General Secretary) during a meeting with NUPENG National leadership at the Union’s secretariat in Jibowu, Lagos to map out workable solutions and strategies that can help nip in the bud various problems facing Nigeria workers in the oil and gas sectors particularly those who are NUPENG members. Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

NUPENG Workers’ Council Passes Vote Of Confidence On Williams Akporeha

NUPENG Workers’ Council Passes Vote Of Confidence On Williams Akporeha

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) Workers’ Council has commended the Union’s President, Comrade Williams Eniredonana Akporeha for his noble leadership role and for the milestone achievements he recorded within a short period of his assumption into office.

The Council’s Chairman, Comrade Chinda Ejims on behalf of the staff stated this at the Union’s National Secretariat in Jibowu, Lagos on Wednesday (August 29, 2018) during a meeting with NUPENG’s management comprising of the President, General Secretary, Deputy General Secretary and Trustee, Comrade Adamu Song, Comrade Afolabi Olawale and Comrade Monday Osunde.

“On behalf of the entire NUPENG Workers, we express our deep and sincere appreciation to the entire National Executive Council (NEC) under your noble leadership.

Sir, your magnanimity and milestone achievements within the period of your assumption into office and in particular, the strive to better and improve the NUPENG Workers’ condition of Service is overwhelming and commendable.” Chinda stated.

The forthright unionist who received in company of the Council’s secretary, Comrade Oluchi Amaogu, stressed further,

“The entire Workers witnessed an unprecedented and unmerited promotion to some, all promotions were without any form of discrimination or victimization.

Once more, we want to thank you and state unequivocally that the entire Workers are solidly behind your administration.” He said

The Council however used the formal platform to also press home the workers’ demands in the areas of staff performance evaluation so as to identify aspects where training and development would be required for the workers in the overall interest of NUPENG.

The National President of the Union on his part thanked the Workers’ Council for the trust and confidence they reposed in him since he took the mantle of leadership in April 2018.

While reacting to the workers’ demands, Comrade Akporeha also tasked the workers to be disciplined, loyal, resourceful, and stand out as good Ambassadors of the Union in the course of their duties, even as he assured that all their demands would be looked into to increase productivity and efficiency.

NUPENG President Comrade Akporeha, Other Frontline Unionists Celebrate With Otite in Grand Style

Birthday: NUPENG President Comrade Akporeha, Other Frontline Unionists Celebrate With Otite in Grand Style

The National President of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Comrade Williams Akporeha was among dignitaries who were thrown into jubilant mood on Monday, August 27, 2018 as one of the leading lights of the Union, Comrade Otite Precious Onohwohwo celebrated his birthday.

Comrade Otite is currently NUPENG’s Principal Assistant General Secretary in charge of Administration. His wealth of experience and expertise over the years have added tremendous values to the growth and development of the notable Union.

The many indelible feats of this seasoned Urhobo born trade unionist have earned him both local and international laurels.

Those who felicitated with Comrade Otite at the National Secretariat of the Union in Jibowu, Lagos included, Comrade Adamu Song NUPENG’s General Secretary, Comrade Afolabi Olawale NUPENG Deputy General Secretary, Comrade Alex Agwanwor NUPENG National Treasurer, Comrade Adamson Momoh, NUPENG
Principal Assistant General Secretary, (Research and Public Affairs).

Others who registered their presence were, Comrade Lawrence Alabala NUPENG Principal Organising Secretary and Comrade Oluchi Amaogu who is also Union’s Principal Organising Secretary, plus other secratariat staff.

NUPENGASSAN Revalidates Commitment

NUPENGASSAN Revalidates Commitment To Build Stronger Ties & Engender Interests of Oil & Gas Workers

The two Unions in the Nigeria’s oil and gas industry; Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, (PENGASSAN) under the auspices of NUPENGASSAN have resolved to revalidate their relationships and to consistently showcase to government tips on how to guarantee industrial peace and harmony in the sector.

NUPENG-PENGASSAN Repudiate NCDMB& OPTS Newly Signed Service Level Agreement; Direct Stakeholders To Rescind Decision

NUPENG-PENGASSAN Repudiate NCDMB& OPTS Newly Signed Service Level Agreement; Direct Stakeholders To Rescind Decision

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) read with rude shock and total dismay the purported Service Level Agreement (SLA) reached between the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) and therefore condemn it in its entirety and see the SLA as an unwholesome act.

It is ridiculous and unfortunate that the NCDMB allowed desperate OPTS to arm-twist it into making mockery of the key thrust of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act of 2010, vis a vis maximizing participation of Nigerians in the Oil and Gas activities as well as maximizing the utilization capacity of Nigerian resources, i.e. goods, services and assets.

The Unions wonder what sort of maximization of Nigerian’s participation in the Oil and Gas businesses will arise from the reduction of the contract circle to a mere six months duration, rather, it is our belief that it will lead to further impoverishmentof indigenous contractors and workers in the Oil and Gas industry.

We are very sure that the prevailing indecent and precarious work condition in the Industry will further be accentuated by the reduction of contract circle to six (6) months duration. A situation which this injurious Agreement signed on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 sought to champion, and which is nothing short of slave-labour in our opinion.

The Unions express worries that such Agreement will in no way help to deepen the skill acquisition and expertise of Nigerians because of the likelihood of International Oil Companies (IOCs) and Indigenous Oil Companies who may want to ridiculously exploit such Agreement for their pecuniary advantage.

Any Agreement that fails to address the issues of decent and sustainable jobs for Nigerians in the Oil and Gas industry would be vehemently resisted in whatever guise they appear.

NUPENG and PENGASSAN conclude that it is indeed unfortunate and sad that the views and opinions of Unions in the Oil and Gas industry are not regarded worthy of consideration in the course of work of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) yet the Board was specifically set up by law for the reason of maximizing decent and sustainable participation of Nigerians in the Oil and Gas industry.

With humility and without sounding disputatious or belligerent, NUPENG and PENGASSAN however call on all relevant stakeholders involved in this Agreement to immediately have a rethink of their decision in the overall interest of Nigeria.

Comrade Prince Williams Akporeha (National President)

Comrade Adamu Song General Secretary (NUPENG)

Comrade Francis O. Johnson (President)

Comrade Lumumba I. Okugbawa General Secretary (PENGASSAN)