Shell’s ERA field shut, NUPENG threatens nationwide strike over unpaid benefits
NUPENG, in a statement by its President and General Secretary, Prince Williams Akporeha and Afolabi Olawale, respectively, recalled that the benefits of workers sacked by Shell and Valliant Energy Services since 2019 have not been paid despite all entreaties, directing members to immediately shut Borr Friggs rig (ERA Field) drilling operated by Shell Petroleum pending further directives.
The statement read in part: “You will recall we have a pending dispute with Valliant Energy Services, over its refusal to pay the final entitlements of workers wrongly sacked since 2019.
“We are aware of a plot by SPDC and Valiant Energy Services to sack workers engaged on Borr Friggs rig of Shell location (ERA Field) drilling, as the contract of Valliant Energy Services on the rig is set to round up not later than October 17.
“The plot to sack these workers and realities of the harrowing experiences of the 39 workers sacked previously, prompted the workers to immediately demand for engagement with Valliant Energy Services, and assurances of safekeeping of their terminal benefits.
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“Unfortunately, rather than engaging the workers in negotiations over these demands, management, and owners of Valiant Energy Services have been trying every trick to deceive and frustrate these workers.
“We are aware of the plot to use armed security agencies to forcefully evacuate these workers from the rig.”
The union called on the stakeholders to intervene.
to live up to their responsibilities by compelling Valiant Energy Services to pay the terminal benefits of the affected workers which are already taking longer than necessary;
“And make clear commitments for the payment of terminal benefits of those workers that will lose their jobs very soon due to the end of the contract he has with SPDC.
“The general public should note that NUPENG should no longer be blamed for any industrial actions our members may deem fit to express their grievances over the lawless attitude and unfair labor practices Valiant Energy Services and Shell.”