Several workers who worked in the security department of Total E&P Nigeria Limited on Monday protested the non-payment of their severance packages by the company.
The protesters, who bore placards and chanted solidarity songs outside the oil multinational’s office in Lagos, accused the company owing them severance benefits after 17 years of service.
The former workers said despite repeated demands, the company refused to fulfill its obligations to them.
Some of their placards read: “Casualisation is an employment fraud. Total, pay us our severance package,”
“Total, we do not deserve this unfair treatment” “Total, pay us our bonuses, allowances,” “President Buhari, please come to our aid.”
Some of the former staff said they could barely feed their families, having been thrown out of employment without benefits.
Some of their colleagues, they said, had lost their lives due to inability to feed well or afford medical care.
Kayode Awonuga, a former security worker, said he served Total E&P Nigeria for over 15 years but was not “paid a dime” as severance package after his contract was terminated.
“When we came to ask for our benefits, they chased us away with policemen,” said Mr. Awonuga.