The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Monday, February 3, 2020 disrupted business activities at the head quarters of General Electric over non settlement of exit benefits of their ex-staff four years after disengagement from service.
The main entrance to the Victoria Island office of the company located at Bishop Aboyade Cole was blocked early Monday morning by protesting NUPENG members who are demanding for the protection of their rights after several years of failed promises of their former employer.
The affected workers led by the Chairman of Lagos Zone of NUPENG, Comrade Tayo Aboyeji and the Head of Zone, Comrade Lanre Badmus expressed displeasure over flagrant refusal of Arco Group, an employment contractor to General Electric to pay their severance packages that is long overdue.
Meanwhile, General Electric and its recruiting firm, Arco Group agreed to pay the workers their benefits within 7 days in December 2019. Part of the resolution was that General Electric claimed it needed to reconcile excess withholding tax deductions of the affected staff from FIRS, giving assurances that as soon as that is done payment would commence.
As at the time of filing in this report, the management of the company refused to react to all the allegations leveled against them by the protesters.