The Lagos headquarters of ExxonMobil has been shut down by the company’s workers’ unions over the sacking of 860 spy police without entitlement.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the workers besieged the office of the oil company, protesting the sacking of workers, mainly Nigerians, today in Lagos.
The protesters accused the company of sacking the 860 Nigerian workers most of whom had worked with the company for over 22 years without regards for the rule of law.
Mr Rasak Obe, the Chairman of ExxonMobil Branch of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, told NAN that the protest was to express the disaffection of the workers with the management.
Obe said the leadership and members of the union were shocked by the mass sack of security personnel who had faithfully served the company for many years.
He said the management should immediately reinstate the employees of the security department sacked and pay all entitlements due to them.
The union leader also urged the management to immediately reinstate the 16 employees purportedly sacked in Dec. 2016 in a similar fashion.
He also demanded the immediate release and repatriation of over 20 expatriate personnel in the security department who had been engaged and kept in defiance of extant Nigerian laws and security directives.