The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria has strongly condemned and urged the Federal Government to call the management of Chevron and other multinationals scheming to relocate jobs to home countries and also replace Nigerians in their establishments with their nationals to order.
TUC in a statement signed by its president, Comrade Quadri Olaleye and Secretary General, Comrade Musa-Lawal Ozigi, said the Congress gathered that Chevron management, recently, notified about two thousand of its employees that their services are no longer required and that those still interested in working with them should apply afresh for a new job. “This development runs contrary to Nigeria’s laws regulating the Oil and Gas industry, and other industries in the country as it does not protect our national interest. This is an imperialist agenda that must not be allowed to stay; most especially as we have just finished celebrating our 60th independence as a sovereign country.
“Agree, the coronavirus pandemic did hit the world real hard, but should that make organisations lose their humanity? It is obvious that the management wants to casualise Nigerians. Is this a way to compensate workers who have risked their lives, even during the lockdown to sustain production?
“It is imperative at this point to remind the federal government that job creation is one of its mantras. In fact, the government made the creation of 1 million jobs per year a must do if voted into power. “Furthermore, an approval was also given for the employment of one thousand employees in the NNPC by the government which to us is an effort geared towards fulfilling its promise on job creation. Why should this come up now?
“Mr. president, we are Nigerians and it is expedient that we defend our interest. We should consider this move by Chevron management as an insult on our collective existence as a country. With our 60% stake in Chevron we should have a say. The Congress will not turn its back on the oil workers.
“We must know that sacking two thousand employees who are married men and women is the same as sacking ten thousand people. The additional eight thousand are their dependents (wives, husband, children, parents, in-laws and unemployed friends).
“The organised labour has made a lot of sacrifices and compromises to maintain a peaceful industrial atmosphere since this administration commenced. Unfortunately it appears our tolerance and show of understanding is being taken for granted. “We are against this imperialist agenda. We are going to check this manipulation. Nigeria is our fatherland and we have a Labour Law that regulates the activities of organisations. This law cannot be breached. They must follow the due process.” The statement said.