NP workers invited to hearings

Fuel distributor National Petroleum has asked that disciplinary hearings start against more than 80 employees who the company says participated in an illegal work stoppage at its facilities last month.

“Further to the letters of suspension issued to over 80 NP employees,” on August 16 and August 19, 2013, NP said it yesterday issued letters inviting these employees to disciplinary hearings beginning Monday.

“On Tuesday 13th August, Wednesday 14th August and Thursday 15th August 2013, the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) engaged its members in an illegal work stoppage at NP’s gantries and lubricant plant,” NP said in a statement yesterday.

“In pursuance of its rights, the company suspended over 80 staff members with full pay, all pending further investigation and final determination.”

The OWTU has said the workers engaged in a work stoppage because they claimed NP management was attempting to privatise the company.  

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