Axed Caltex operators reject offer to meet petrol company


KUALA LUMPUR: Several former Caltex petrol station operators today rejected an offer to meet with Chevron Malaysia Limited, which oversees the petrol stations in the country, after the company allegedly imposed conditions for the meeting.

The group’s spokesperson Fadzilah Abdul Hamid said he was informed on Tuesday of stipulations decided by the company for the meeting to be held with him and 14 other former operators.

“Caltex said if we wanted to meet them we would not be allowed to ask why our contracts were terminated, and also not be allowed to ask about our compensation,” he claimed.

“Caltex also did not want us to bring along a third party for the meeting. So what’s the point of a meeting if you are going to set such conditions?” Fadzilah told reporters outside the Chevron headquarters at Sri Damansara here today.

He had earlier handed a letter demanding for a meeting between the company and former operators, setting their conditions.

These included allowing a representative from the domestic trade, cooperatives and consumerism ministry as well as one from the Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM), a Muslim consumer NGO, to accompany them.

A representative from Chevron who was on hand to receive the letter told reporters that the company would respond to them soon.

Last Friday, Fadzilah and 19 former Caltex petrol station operators and personnel who had gone to Chevron Malaysia to demand compensation following the termination of their contracts, were denied a meeting with the petroleum company.

Fadzilah is among the six operators who had their contracts terminated last month.

While Chevron claimed it was a “business decision”, it did not go into specifics, stating that the company was “not legally obliged to provide any reason for the terminations”.

“Our position is that both parties should abide strictly by the contract provisions,” it said in a statement on June 21.

However, on June 24, the company revealed that the six who had their contracts terminated had brought a lawsuit against Chevron in 2008, which finally came to a conclusion at the end of 2016.

The decision to shut down their operations left a bitter taste among the affected operators who claimed they were in the dark over the reasons for the termination and also because it was done just after the Hari Raya celebrations.