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ExxonMobil headquarters shut ON DECEMBER

15, 20166:19 PMIN NEWSCOMMENTS The Lagos

headquarters of U.S. oil major, ExxonMobil has

been shut, following a standoff with blue-collar

oil unions over the sacking of 150 workers.

Members of the Petroleum and Natural Gas

Senior Staff Association of Nigeria

(PENGASSAN) besieged the office of the oil

giant, protesting the sacking of Nigerian workers.

The standoff is coming on the heels of a similar

development on Wednesday in Upkenekang

Community in Akwa Ibom, where angry youths

disrupting the operations of the company over

the sacking of contract workers from the area.

The protesters, numbering over 1,000, barricaded

entry points to the company with boats, coffins,

leaves and placards, having different inscriptions.

The Chairman of the ExxonMobil Branch of

PENGASAN, Mr Paul Eboigbe, confirmed the

closure of the company's Lagos office. He told

newsmen that the management of the company

went ahead to issue sack letters to worker, while

negotiations were still going on. He said the

union had to resist the action of the

management and went ahead to shut down the

Exxonmobil headquarters. Eboigbe directed the

company's workers at offshore locations to shut

down rigs. The unionist said the company's

management disregarded laid down procedures

and humiliated workers by serving them sack

letters when all avenues to achieve a peaceful

resolution were yet to be explored. The South-

West Branch Chairman of PENGASSAN, Alhaji

Tokunbo Korodo, said that picketing of

ExxonMobil office was also being carried out by

members of the union. Korodo noted that the

picketing was as a result of the anti-labour

practices of the company. He urged the Federal

Ministry of Labour and Productivity to take up

the anti-labour practices of International Oil

Companies (IOCs), operating in Nigeria. Korodo

disclosed that the national body of the union had

said that its members would embark on strike

after the New Year holidays, if nothing was done

to resolve the situation. "This is just the

beginning of our strike against injustice against

our members working with IOCs. "Our members

now wear red clothes and put leaves on their

trucks to show the injustice by these people.

"We have resolved to commence strike next year

if government does not find a solution to the

exploitation by IOCs," he said. The Manager,

Media and Communications of ExxonMobil, Mr

Oge Udeagha, said the company was always

evaluating its operations. "We invest for the long-

term and focus on maintaining a stable, well-

developed workforce and are committed to

treating our employees with respect in

accordance with applicable rules and regulations.

"This is a limited programme that will impact a

relatively small fraction of employees,'' he said of

the disengaged workers. "Special benefits

specifically introduced for this purpose will be

paid to affected employees, consistent with

existing labour agreements. "The company is

also arranging special programme to support the

transition from the company for those affected.

"We respect the rights of our workforce and will

continue to engage with them to resolve this

situation,'' Udeagha said

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