Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, and their Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, counterparts, Sunday, ordered members in Chevron Nigeria Limited to shut down the company’s operations over sack of 2,000 Nigerian employees and other perceived unfair labour practices by the company.

This came as Chevron’s General Manager Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Esimaje Brikinn, earlier in a statement, said: “Making changes to the organisation is never easy for anyone that will be impacted, but it is to improve our ability to remain competitive in Nigeria.

“Reducing the cost and improving the efficiency of our operations are critical to generating more revenues for the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

In a joint statement by President of NUPENG and PENGASSAN, Prince Williams Akporeha and Festus Osifo, the unions said: “We have directed our members in Chevron to withdraw their services.

“We also call on the Federal Government to call Chevron Management to order, otherwise we can no longer guarantee industrial peace in the oil and gas sector.

“Here is our fatherland and we have a labour law that regulates the activities of organisations in Nigeria; this law cannot be breached; we must follow the process.”

They alleged that Chevron management had, on Independence Day, informed about 2,000 of its employees that their services were no longer required.

NUPENG and PENGASSAN leaders alleged that the Chevron management had asked those employees who were still interested in working with them to apply afresh.

They said: “This development runs contrary to Nigeria’s laws regulating the oil and gas industry 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.”