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Oil firms plan massive job cuts

07 October 2013, 14:33

Lagos - The country’s major oil multinationals plan to cut their workforce by more than half owing to a number of challenges such as vandalism and oil theft, CAJ news can reveal.

Some of the companies have already offered their onshore facilities for sale citing unfavourable operating environments.

CAJ News investigations revealed that three major oil companies - Shell, Total and Chevron- have already informed local labor unions of their disengagement plans and discussions are ongoing as to how payment will be made to the affected workers.

An industry source, who requested anonymity, hinted that Shell planned to retrench about 55 per cent of its workforce before the end of the year.

Although through an email inquiry, Shell denied such plan, a junior staff of the company who is also a local labour union member, said it was “open knowledge to every worker” that the company will sack workers this year.

He said that Shell had engaged the services of a local consulting firm to work out modes of disengagement to avoid labour issues.

Chevron and Total did not respond to enquiries at the time of going to press.

However, spokesperson of The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), Seyi Gambo confirmed the developments.

He said that PENGASSAN was aware of the planned sack and that some of the oil companies had offered to discuss with the union on the issues.

Although he refused to mention the oil companies planning to disengage workers and how many workers would be affected, Gambo said discussions with some oil companies had been “meaningful.”

– CAJ News


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