Economic Recession: Exxonmobil Fires 150 Nigerians

By Ikenga Chronicles December 16, 2016

Economic Recession: Exxonmobil Fires 150 Nigerians

Exxonmobil has fired about 150 Nigerian workers after claiming it had an evaluation of its operations as part of a
disciplined management process.

Reacting to the development, ‎Chairman of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), Exxonmobil branch, Mr. Paul Eboigbe, told Daily Sun, said the company did not follow due process.

Eboigbe said efforts were made to negotiate with the company but the management boycotted the talks and went ahead to issue sack letters to the 150 affected workers.

He said the management’s intention is to sack all Nigerian workers and in return bring in expatriates to take up
the jobs that Nigerians were capable of executing.

He lamented that the salary of an expatriate could pay the salaries of 10 Nigerians.

The union leader said a couple of sectional heads and General Managers were sacked in an undignified manner to pave way for the employment of the expatriates, saying PENGASSAN would not allow that to happen.

‘‘We adjourned the meeting to reconvene at a later date. And while waiting to continue talks, the management started issuing sack letters to the affected workers. This ill treatment cannot stand. And we will do all we can to resist it.”

Responding, Exxonmobil Manager, Media and Communications, Mr. Oge Udeagha, said Exxonmobil regularly evaluates its operations as part of a disciplined management process and continually strives to operate its business in as safe and efficient a manner as possible.

‘‘We invest for the long term and are focused on maintaining a stable, well-developed workforce and are committed to treating our employees with respect and in accordance with applicable rules and regulations’’ he said.

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