11 Years After Retrenchment: EX-EXXON MOBIL WORKERS PROTEST NON PAYMENT OF ENTITLEMENTS

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11 Years After Retrenchment: EX-EXXON MOBIL WORKERS PROTEST NON PAYMENT OF ENTITLEMENTS

 

The Leadership Of UNIFIED EX-EXXONMOBIL WORKERS Comprising JANITORIAL SERVICE STAFF, and UNIFIED CATERING WORKFORCE have called on the giant oil firm, EXXONMOBIL to pay them their entitlements 11 years after they were retrenched from the company.

One of the leaders who spoke on behalf of EX-EXXONMOBIL SERVICE STAFF, Mr. Moses Mbong made the passionate appeal recently in a peaceful demonstration in EXXONMOBIL premises in Ibeno said the former workers are facing untold hardship since they were relieved from their services and pleaded with EXXONMOBIL to pay the One Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty Four (1954) of the total ex-workers their entitlements.

Mr. Moses Mbong who is the leader of EX-JANITORIAL SERVICE STAFF said they were surprised that after many years of their service to the oil firm they are not given their entitlements and urged relevant authorities to intervene on their behalf and also made known that they have lost over Five Hundred and Thirty (530) members in total of the groups.

Mr. Moses Mbong recalled that several meetings with EXXONMOBIL in the past yielded positive result in which the company had accepted to pay them but wondered why the current delay by the oil firm on the payment, and narrated the unforeseen circumstances they are undergoing over the delay of their entitlements.

Mr. Mbong further hinted that the former workers are peace loving people, a development that warranted the peaceful demonstration on and vowed not to engage the firm in a violence protest, but will still continue to press on until their entitlements are being paid in full through bank cheque as agreed by the company with leaders of the ex-workers, and reiterated that a stitch in time saves nine.

Also speaking, the leader of UNIFIED CATERING WORKFORCE, Mr. Samuel Ekpe Said they are suffering beyond expectations and asked EXXONMOBIL to do the needful, and also hinted that over time they had engaged the company with series of meetings for the purpose of the payment of their severance benefits of which EXXONMOBIL had agreed to pay the said money but sad enough that the had waited this long for the payment said money of which the payment is not forth coming.

He said based on the aforesaid therefore, that they carried out the peaceful protest to press on their demand for the payment and urged the oil firm to without much delay pay them so as to avoid unforeseen circumstances that may arise on the delay of the payment.

Mr. Ekpe called on EXXONMOBIL to replicate to them what it did to others before them, and disclosed that the peaceful demonstration was necessitated by the non compliance of the oil firm to settle them as agreed to in their previous meetings, and also called on government, traditional rulers in the area, highly placed indigene and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) to come to their rescue.

They all commended Committee for the Defence of Human Right (CDHR) and the press for standing by them, and also applauded the Area Commander of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) in Eket, and other sister security agents for not allowing hoodlums to hijack the peaceful demonstration.

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