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Why workers shut down Total Oil nationwide

Threats by the management of a major oil firm in Nigeria, Total Oil, may have made the firm incur the wrath of its workers, leading to a total shut down of all offices and production depots nationwide.

Trouble began, according Tokunbo Korodo, chairman of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) when the company threatened to sack all workers, who had indicated interest to join the union.

“They (management) want majority of us to remain as casual workers until retirement so that no entitlements would be paid us.”

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He said all efforts aimed at making the company’s management see reason to allow union exist in the firm had proved abortive as any worker, who attended meeting, had his name put down for possible sack.

The strike has seen activities in various offices of the company paralyzed. Many programmes in Lagos, Kaduna and Koko in Delta blending plants were said to have been disrupted as irate workers,with green leaves and placards stormed the depots and offices.

The workers were seen with various placards bearing inscriptions such as: “Nigerians enslaving Nigerians in Nigeria.”

A senior management staff said there would be a statement soon to clarify the issues.

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