Casual workers at the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company, WRPC, Wednesday, shutdown the plant over 12 months’ unpaid salaries by the management.
The protest is causing major setback to the ongoing maintenance work at the refinery.
It was gathered that as early as at 6am, the protesters had laid siege to the company’s premises, disrupting all ongoing work as well as preventing vehicles going in and out of the yard, thereby causing heavy gridlock along the busy refinery road and Ekpan express in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.
They claimed that some of the workers last received salaries in October 2014, while others claimed to have seen theirs in January this year. The protest is coming barely three weeks after the company laid off over 600 casual staff. It was learnt that, while some were paid their entitlements others were not paid as at the time they were being laid off.
“We’ve virtually lost everything and if you don’t come to work, they would issue you query. How can one issue worker query when for the last twelve months we have not seen our salaries?” a worker said.
When contacted, Mr. Ohi Alegbe, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, NNPC, said the situation was already being addressed, noting that the protesters would soon be paid.
“The situation is being addressed. The issue has already been brought before the attention of GMD of NNPC. He has ordered that it should be addressed immediate. I can assure you they would be paid very soon,” Alegbe stated.

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