The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers Union (NUPENG) had threatened to disrupt economic activities in five states of the federation if its warning was ignored and harassment of its members went unhalted.
A seven day ultimatum to reinstate these sacked members was issued at a meeting held by the Warri Zonal Council of the body during the past weekend, where the zone chairman, Mr. Cogent Ojobor, alleged that no fewer than 154 members of NUPENG had been fired by the oil company.
He said the seven-day ultimatum given would start from today.
Ojobor added that upon the expiration of the ultimatum, by midnight of July 6, if nothing was done, the union would paralyse work in Delta, Edo, Ondo, Kogi and Ekiti states.
He said activities in the Warri Refinery, filling stations, loading depots, PTI and all other oil facilities in the affected states would be shut down, adding that there would be no going back until their demands were met by Chevron.
The NUPENG boss, who claimed that the union had exhausted all avenues of negotiation with Chevron, said: “We have had several meetings with Chevron. We have been meeting at the Federal Ministry of Labour. We have tried informal consultations, but their statement, which I know is a lie, is that they have been told by NAPIMS and Ministry of Labour to downsize.
“The company is treating our members like slaves and at the last count, they have already laid off 154 of our members in Chevron and the number is swelling.
“They said they were downsizing and I do not know when they will stop. It may interest you to know that one oil and gas worker supports up to seven families.
“I know that staunch and active members of NUPENG— Mr Thomas Megbelaje, Mr Odu Richmond, Blessing Lori, Mr Samuel Asin and others had been dropped because of their belief in NUPENG,” he noted.