Osubi Airstrip Sacks 85% Of Its Contract Staff After 21 Years In Service


…Gives Affected Staff N30,000 Each As Pay Off

As the Coronavirus pandemic continue to ravage every sector of the economy with no end in sight, Shorelines Oil Services Limited has sacked 85 per cent of the contract staff working at Osubi Airstrip in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta

Urobotoday.com reports that the sacked staff had also been served with termination letters with the sum of N30,000 as “Pay off” after 21 years of services.

In the past four days, the affected staffs have been having peaceful negotiations with the company but the meetings that not yield any positive results.

One of the affected staff, Henshaw Peter confirmed the sack of the staff in a telephone chat.

“It’s true sir. It is very correct. I have the termination letter. It is really uncalled for. The way it happened, it is really uncalled for,” he said.

According to him,  “As at April, they sent us half salary without prior notice. As at May, they gave us N7,000, N4,000 within a month. Nobody complained. By June, out of 100 Staff, they said they need 40 because of the situation(COVID-19). So, they asked us to go and relax. Most of us went home to relax.

“Surprisingly, we were called four days ago for meetings. When we got there, they just sent one of the workers to distribute paper to us which is really very bad.”

He continued, “We have the engagement papers. We have the termination papers and a lot of letters written.”

He pointed out that the sack was already causing economic panic in the lives of the families of the affected staff.

Peter appeal to the Delta State Government to call the company to order and ensure that staff are reinstated before things get out of hand with a view to forestalling any possible breakdown of law and order.

Attempts to get the management of Shoreline’s side of the story was unsuccessful as all the staff on ground refused to speak when our correspondent visited on Sunday.

However, a Human Rights Activist, Comrade Israel Joe has called on the Federal and Delta State Governments to prevail on Shore Oil to retrace its steps as the society cannot afford such crowd back as unemployed workers.

In a chat with our correspondent at the weekend,  Joe noted that they intend to challenge the decision of the company at the Industrial Court.

“We shall continue to engage in peaceful demonstration to dramatise to the world the suppressive tendencies on the workers.

“We hold tenaciously to our positions that such decisions are irrational at this point where the world is struggling to put people back to work as the post COVID-19 economic plans,” he said.

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