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PENGASSAN draws battle line with Exxonmobil over sack

PENGASSAN draws battle line with Exxonmobil over sack

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A possible confrontation between members of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the management of Exxonmobil is by the corner, following moves by the oil giant to disengage some of its local employees  this week, The Nation has learnt.

The union had on three occasions warned the multinational firm to desist from its various levels of discriminatory de-Nigerianisation stance, which has in the last three years excluded the citizens from performing strategic functions in the office.

It was gathered  that membership of all the Special Review which determines the current spate of sacks, retirements and job losses are whites. There is no single black person in the team.

PENGASSAN sources indicated early in the week that the company has demonstrated a lot of impunity in its activities, to the extent of even ignoring court summons and appearances and has gone forward to relieve top Nigerians of their positions.

The union said: “It is unfortunate that reported intimidation, harassment, bullying, witch-hunting and unethical practices, reported against the Special Review or investigation team by PENGASSAN was not investigated and addressed by the company.

“The demand of PENGASSAN communicated through our letter dated November 21, 2018 to suspend the review, was ignored and treated with utmost disdain.”

Our sources can reveal that the company, which is now inundated with several legal issues relating to this, is not relenting in its plots of de-Nigerianisation, and has replaced its Nigerian security employees with a new arrival of over 30 foreigners posted within and outside the establishment. This development trails the occurrence, few months ago, where a good number of some lower employees were replaced in the same manner.

The union said the action  attracted a protracted legal tussle which the company eventually lost, even though it went on to accomplish its bidding. This expresses the pattern of disregard for law when it comes to treating Nigerians in the organisation, the body stated.

When contacted, Manager, Media and Communications, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN), Mr. Oge Udeagha, said: “It is MPN’s policy to provide equal employment opportunities, in conformance with all applicable laws and regulations, to individuals who are qualified to perform job requirements.

All matters relating to our employees are private, and we therefore decline to comment further on this issue.

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