THE lingering rift between the management of Nigeria Petroleum Development Company, NPDC and workers of its contractors in OML30, over delay in the payment of salaries, has worsened as the workers are threatening to down tools.
The workers, under the aegis of Community Contractors Workers Association OML30, have told the management of the company to disengage one of its contractors (name withheld) in the operational area or risk industrial unrest in Ughelli Pumping Station, UPS, Ughelli.
It was gathered that the workers were irked by alleged threats by the Managing Director of the contracting firm to relieve their Chairman, Mr. Joseph Onororaivwerhen, of his duties over perceived union activities. The workers, groaning over the non-payment of their six months’ salaries, had embarked on a work to rule action between October 14 and 18, 2013.
The Assistant Secretary of the Association, Mr. Aaron Ohwo, while briefing newsmen on the development, said: “NPDC usually pays our salaries through the contractors but the contractors said without receiving money from NPDC , no payment can be made to us.
“We wrote to NPDC before we went on the work to rule action and the Managing Director of NPDC spoke to us on telephone through our chairman and assured that arrangements were being made for our salaries to be paid soon. The MD now made available the cash payment of one month salary immediately for us to call off the action.
“The money was made available to the three contractors operating in the UPS for onward payment to the workers. Two of the contractors complied with the directive of the MD but one of the companies vehemently refused to pay his workers,” he added