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Nigeria : Support of over 200 victimized workers of Dangote Pasta

D 20 juin 2011     H 04:47     A WORKERS & YOUTH DEFENCE CAMPAIGN (WYDC)     C 0 messages

Public Campaign in support of over 200 workers of Dangote Pasta at Ikorodu Lagos sacked for refusing to resign their membership of the in-house workers’ union since August 2010 (nine months ago) :

Save Our Soul !

This is to raise a public campaign about the plight of over 200 workers of Dangote Pasta Ikorodu Lagos Nigeria, who were sacked for belonging to the in-house workers’ union since August 2010(nine months ago).

It all started in August 11th 2010 when the National Union of Food Beverage and Tobacco Employees (NUBFTE), which Dangote Pasta belongs to, inaugurated the company’s chapter of the Union after several years of struggle. The management of the company also signed an agreement with the union and nobody raised any eyebrow.

On 30th of August 2010, after the inauguration of the union, the union executives were locked out from entering the factory, as they were resuming for work very early morning of this fateful day. The Branch chairman of the union, Comrade Samuel Obuseh was pounced on by hired thugs armed with dangerous weapons. They were armed with knives, cutlasses and were obviously prepared to kill. The chairman and other principal officers of the union were tied down hands and foot, with ropes and were mercilessly beaten. When the branch chairman revealed the permanent scars this early morning beating left on his shoulder, all the comrades listening to his ordeal felt terribly sorry for him. The branch General Secretary of the union Comrade Gospel Godson, who unfortunately was visibly ill but only came to the company to attend to his health, was not spared ; he was bruised, tied and locked in a trailer container without a single window and ray of light. He has his clothes torn, his shoes removed and wounds all over his bodies. They were held captives and maintained in these conditions for hours before they were finally released in the evening and were able to get home with the help of other workers.

After two weeks outside, with the intervention of the National Union of Food Beverage and Tobacco Employee (NUBFTE) national executive, they were allowed back in the factory to continue their work.

Two days after their resumption, the management started circulating a circular asking the workers to sign whether they want the union in the factory or not. Whereas some signed off from the union out of intimidation and harassment ; those that signed for the union have been callously asked to come for their termination letter, which courageously they have since refused to go for and hence have remained locked out from the factory since then.

On Thursday 19th May, 2011, the sacked workers mobilized themselves to the National Secretariat of (NUBTE), crying out once again to the National secretariat from neglecting them and asking them to come to their aid. Some other units of NUBTE union were also there in solidarity as well as members of WYDC who came to solidarize with the victimised workers. Many of the affected workers lamented their condition for the past nine months. Their children have been at home since then because of lack of money to pay their school fees, one lost his mother to stroke because he could not afford to pay the medical bill, and many are just sleeping around because they have been ejected from their houses by their landlords. This is just to mention a few of what these workers have been going through for the past nine months.


You can support this campaign by Writing protest letter to :

Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC)

National Headquarters : Labour House, Plot 820/821 Central Business District, Abuja E-mail : gsec@nlcng.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel : 234-9-6276042, Fax : 234-9-6274342

LAGOS OFFICE : 29, Olajuwon Street, off ojulegba Road. P.O. Box 620, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria Tel : 234-1-7743988, 5840288 Fax : 234-1-5840288

National Union of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employees (NUFBTE)

Address : 9, Mortune Avenue, Valley Estate, off Lagos-Abeokuta Express Road, near Cement Bus-Stop, Dopemu, Lagos

Fax : +234 1 4926319

Phone Number : +234 1 4813682, 4813683, 7745317, 7745318, 7745916 * 080 33294691

Country : Nigeria

Dangote Companies Address.

Benue Cement Company

Address : PMB 063 Gboko Benue State

Union Marble House 1 Alfred Rewane Road, Ikoyi, Lagos Contact Person :

Barrister Ityoyila Ukpi

Telephone : +234 8070485500

Email : ityoyila.ukpi@dangote-group.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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