Workers of Capital Oil & Gas Industries Limited are presently being owed about 4 years’ salaries, a human rights group, the Campaign for Democratic and Workers’ Rights(CDWR), has said.
Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited is owned by Senator Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah and he is the Chairman and Managing Director.
A statement issued by the group on Friday said, “Only a few workers were adequately documented and were issued employment letters which is a violation of Section 7 of the Labour Act which states that workers must be documented within three months of employment. Human Resources Manager, Mr M.C.K Ubah issued employment letters to workers in 2010 having been employed to restructure the company but he was sacked by Senator Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah for issuing employment letters and most of the letters were retrieved by subterfuge and force.
“The second attempt was in December 2013 which suffered a similar fate as in 2010 as the process was botched and deliberately undermined by Senator Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah. It is obvious Senator Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah consciously refused to issue employment letters to evade liability and cheat workers.
“Before Senator Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah and the management stopped paying salaries in 2016, the salaries were paid in a staggered manner leaving backlog at every point in time. He also does not pay by payslips, he transfers money into workers’ bank accounts without itemizing the breakdown of the salary/allowance components and this method allowed the shortchanging of workers.
“The pension Act of 2004 and as amended in 2014 states that all workers in an establishment that has 15 or more employees are mandated to enlist into the Contributory Pension Reform Scheme in line with Section 2 (2) of the Pension Reform Act. Capital Oil and Gas Industry Limited has over 500 workers but the management and Senator Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah stoutly refused to enlist the workers into the pension scheme despite request for it. Senator Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah had undermined workers’ right to pension having worked for several or many years. CDWR demands the payment of workers’ pension for the period of employment.
“Workers had contributed their quota to the growth of Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited since 2002, it is pathetic and unbelievable the treatment meted to workers in the last 4 years and most shockingly in the last two months by Senator Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah/management. Workers had been subjected to immeasurable hardship as they have been reporting to work without being paid a salary until recently they go tired of reporting to work and workers have not been disengaged either.
“The management of Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited and Senator Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah had attempted to disengage workers in an unlawful and distasteful manner having refused to pay salaries since 2016. Workers had three meetings with Senator Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah on Thursday, August 20, 2020, Friday, September 18, 2020, and Tuesday, September 1, 2020, but the meetings turned out as an attempt to coerce and arm-twist workers into accepting 6 months’ salaries instead of 46 months arrears.
What transpired at the meeting was rather dehumanizing for workers as phones were seized and switched off in a militarized/policed atmosphere amidst intimidation. The management and Senator Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah have refused to enter into a negotiation with workers to settle the matter.”