ChevronTexaco Ends Dispute with Nigerian Oil Unions

ChevronTexaco has ended the dispute with the oil workers' union represented by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers of Nigeria (NUPENG).

The agreement was contained in a resolution signed by the Chairman and Managing Director of ChevronTexaco, Mr. Jay Pryor, PENGASSAN/NUPENG President ,Mr. S. O. Luwoye, General Secretary, NUPENG, Mr. J. I. Akinlaja and an official of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

In a statement issued at the end of the meeting between the parties, the following was agreed upon:

  • That the association (PENGASSAN) should immediately withdraw all pending cases relating to the merger from court and resort to internal dispute resolution processes.
  • That the association should direct all its members in TEXACO Overseas (Nigeria) Petroleum Company to immediately resume duties at the assigned duty posts,
  • That management of ChevronTexaco should revisit urgently and resolve the issues of job evaluation and placement so as to ensure that TOPCON staff were not permanently disadvantaged through the sole use of salary for placements;
  • That the management and the association (PENGASSAN) should revisit and implement the merger guidelines as it affected staff TOPCON staff in Nigeria,
  • That PENGASSAN national body should take steps to resolve its internal problems in Chevron Nigeria Limited branch in the spirit of reconciliation and that the management of ChevronTexaco should facilitate the resolution process.

It was also agreed that in keeping with the spirit of reconciliation, there should be no victimization of members of the association for whatever role in the dispute.