Lacasera sacks 700 workers protest ensues
The company, however, described the protest as an invasion of its premises by “hoodlums.’’
NAN reported that the crisis began after the workers arrived at the company premises in Amuwo Odofin Industrial Estate, Mile 2, Lagos, and found the gate locked against them and a notice of disengagement pasted at the entrance.
“Unfortunately we regret to inform all our members of staff of their immediate disengagement.”
But the workers, under the aegis of the National Union of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employees, condemned the act, noting that some of them had worked for between five and 15 years.
Some of their placards read, “No more slavery in this country by foreigners (India); “We are against xenophobia from India” and “We can never be slaves in our fatherland.”
The Head of Education Department in NUFBTE, Mr.
Olarenwaju said that when an in-house union was about to be inaugurated, the management of the company sacked the chairman, which made the NUFBTE officials to visit the company on September 11 to address the workers.
“We were surprised today (Monday) that the company locked the gate and sacked the workers.
“Meanwhile, the case between the workers and the company over unionisation is currently at the National Industrial Court.’’
He said that until the workers were re-absorbed, the union would continue to picket the company.
The state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr. Idowu Adelakun, told NAN that the act of calling labour officials hoodlums was wrong and vowed that labour would not allow the company to function until the matter was resolved.
Lacasera is a beverage company owned by Indians which started operations in Nigeria in year 2000.