NLC and food workers shut down sugar factory over union busting – The Sun Nigeria
By Bimbola Oyesola
the The Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) yesterday shut down Dogan Sugar Manufacturing Company in Lagos indefinitely, alleging a series of bad union-busting practices, including sexual harassment of workers.
Members of the NLC, alongside those of the National Union of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employees (NUFBTE), had converged as early as 7 a.m. at the premises of Dogan’s Sugar in Amuwo Odofin, Lagos and staged a demonstration during which they locked all entrances to the company. .
The demonstrators carried placards with inscriptions such as: “Enough precariousness and sexual harassment”, “Enough modern slavery”.
Leading the picket exercise, NLC Lagos State Chairman Funmi Sessi accused the company of high-profile casualization, sexual harassment, job insecurity and other forms of activity anti-workers.
General secretary, National Union of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employees (NUFBTE) Mike Olanrewaju said the union would not leave the company premises until its management signed an agreement to end casualization and abuse of workers.
He said the union had the support of the federal government as the Department of Labor and Employment had already intervened in the company’s crisis after workers wrote a petition to the department in September 2021.
But the company’s truck engine operations manager, Paul Ekele, who spoke on behalf of management, said the company had not received any correspondence from work for members to establish or adhere to. a syndicate.
He said the NLC was wrong to picket the company when the workers had never shown any interest in unionizing.