Total, PENGASSAN Bicker Over Job Losses

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN branch of Total Exploration and Exploration and Production Nigeria has accused the multinational oil company of plans to disengage 300 staff from its employ through its new global progtam.

A source close to oil workers in the company told DAILY INDEPENDENT that the company planned to export the jog to France and Romania.

He said the union  was determined to dialogue with the company to avoid a possible backlash the development would create in the nation’s oil and gas sector, but the latter  has not opened requite channels to facilitate  the talk.

But the company in a statement yesterday said it was not true that it intend to rightsize its workforce through the global programme, just as disclosed that it has invited the workers for dialogue.

It added that PENGASSAN has indicated that its ongoing, illegal industrial action is predicated upon the global implementation of the TOTAL Group projects in IST and Finance Divisions of the company.

The oil company   emphasised  that it  is disposed and willing to dialogue on the specific areas of concern as raised by the Association.

It added that during a meeting held with PENGASSAN on March 27, 2018, it was clearly stated by TEPNG that the implementation of these Group projects would not entail job loss to any member of the Association.

‘’On Tuesday, April 03, 2018, Management received a letter from PENGASSAN nominating its representatives to the agreed joint committees on the various projects. The committees were duly constituted and were to commence work this week only for PENGASSAN to withdraw her nominations and resorting to strike actions across the company’s locations despite reassurances that no TOTAL staff would lose his/her job.

‘’It is worrisome that PENGASSAN has not only directed the stoppage of work in all office locations of the company, it has also deliberately blocked all channels of communication with management and as such no progress can be made. 

The company expressed dismay over the escalation of the situation by PENGASSAN with the disconnection of servers and power supply thereby disrupting operations.

The company said the development forced it to disconnect communication facilities in crisis management rooms and exposing the company to grave risks .It also said the layers of Health Safety and Environment safeguards to prevent accidents were reduced thereby increasing HSE risks in the environment.

He added that it also caused  disconnection of power supply to offices and servers is a grave risk to personnel and sensitive data; and the company’s normal operations were disrupted with potential loss of value to all stakeholders.

According to the company, the PENGASSAN members further resorted to physically assaulting other personnel of the company who are not members of the Association by forcefully ejecting them out of their offices in violation of the company’s anti-harassment policy.

It added: ’’Management views the Association’s current actions as deliberate and aimed at frustrating and hurting the company. PENGASSAN has failed to put forward her views through normal channels of dialogue. It has also shown crass disdain for established grievance procedures’’.

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Author: Mohammed Shosanya