Over 300 contract staff who were allegedly sacked by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has staged a protest in Warri, demanding their terminal benefits from the oil firm.

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The sacked contract staff led by Mr Stephen Enejos, Joseph Ugherughe, Richard Okoro and Martins Ogun protested over the sudden termination of their appointments without benefits.

They alleged inhumane treatment meted on them in Warri, Forcados in Delta as well as in Bayelsa and Rivers State offices respectively.

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Some of the sacked workers accused the oil company of not paying their benefits ranging from 15 to 30 years of service since they were laid off.

They called on the Federal and State Governments to come to their aid and address the alleged injustices meted on them.

It was however learnt that the SPDC’s management had begun negotiation with the sacked contract staff within the operations of its Western Division.

The Federal Government had in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak appealed to employers of labour not to lay off workers.