ExxonMobil’s Lagos headquarters shut over labour protests

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The Lagos headquarters of U.S. oil major, ExxonMobil has been shut, following a standoff with blue-collar oil unions over the sacking of 150 workers, National Mirror reports.

Members of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) besieged the office of the oil giant, protesting the sacking of Nigerian workers. The standoff is coming on the heels of a similar development on Wednesday in Upkenekang Community in Akwa Ibom, where angry youths disrupted the operations of the company over the sacking of contract workers from the area.

The Chairman of the ExxonMobil Branch of PENGASSAN, Mr Paul Eboigbe, confirmed the closure of the company’s Lagos office and said that the management of the company went ahead to issue sack letters to workers, while negotiations were still going on. He said the union had to resist the action of the management and went ahead to shut down the Exxonmobil headquarters. Eboigbe also directed the company’s workers at offshore locations to shut down rigs.