Workers Shut Down Indomie Factory

at 12:17 PM, 1/07/2010 (8 years ago)
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The factory of De United Foods at Idiroko Road, Otta, Ogun State, Nigeria, where popular Indomie Noodles is produced, has been shut down in the wake of the workers’ protest over the alleged inhuman treatment being meted to them by the management.

•Indomie factory workers at the locked gate of the factory yesterday during their protest. PHOTO: PAUL DADA.

Dozens of workers yesterday were locked out of the company premises as they protested the planned retrenchment of more than 200 of them.

The factory remained sealed this morning with heavy presence of policemen invited by the management to maintain order.

The workers who spoke to P.M NEWS said that the management had in a little more than a year adopted the policy of replacing full-time workers with contract staff and apprentices.

According to a worker who pleaded anonymity, more than about 300 workers, 90 per cent of the workforce were retrenched in March last year.

“They gave an excuse that the exercise was due to the global meltdown. But shortly after that they had resources to build three new plants,” the worker said.

He said their new Production Manager, Mr. James Itiba also sacked 16 workers early this year.

He stated that the immediate cause of their grievance against the management was that they wrote the workers that they were going to lay off more than 200 workers again.

“It contradicts labour laws for an organisation to retrench workers several times in a little more than a year. The law says that a company can only do so between five to ten years after the first retrenchment,” said the worker who also lamented the poor remuneration of the workers.

When P.M NEWS got to the factory yesterday, the workers were seen outside the factory gate.

Efforts to contact the management failed as a security man said none of them was around.

P.M NEWS made several phone calls to the Human Resources Manager, Mr. Kiki Ebube.

At first he said he was in a meeting.More calls were made to him but he did not pick them. When he eventually picked his phone call, he told our reporter that he could not hear him clearly. Few minutes later, when P.M NEWS called, a lady picked and said Mr. Ebube was in the bathroom.

P.M. NEWS had to resort to sending a text message to him to get the reaction of the management to the development, but he failed to reply.

ceejay58 at 01:36 AM, 2/07/2010 (8 years ago)
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slavery in another format.

i no blame all these foreigners na FG give them power to do as them like..

can u imagine more 200 Nigerians to lose their jobs soon....
livingmodel at 10:03 AM, 2/07/2010 (8 years ago)
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Is a pity!!! what is this country turning into?
blings_is_back at 10:46 AM, 2/07/2010 (8 years ago)
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nawa o..... so i no go see indomie chop again
divineproject at 11:40 AM, 2/07/2010 (8 years ago)
(12702 | Hero) (f)
hahaahahaha.........gluttony only food u dey think about!

blings_is_back at 12:18 PM, 2/07/2010 (8 years ago)
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na that one be my business na
divineproject at 12:59 PM, 2/07/2010 (8 years ago)
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Hunger don kill u be dat........this ur neck go become longer...........hahahaha

Eucharia at 01:24 PM, 2/07/2010 (8 years ago)
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is a pity, look at poor workers
sabiti at 06:29 PM, 2/07/2010 (8 years ago)
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no more ijekuje
ksurrina at 07:38 PM, 2/07/2010 (8 years ago)
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It is sad that workers will be losing their jobs. Isn't there a Workers Tribunal in Nigeria where they can take the matter to court? Most Companies worldwide are having contractual workers because to them it is less hassle for them especially if they are not paying over the Government Taxes. Well I wish them all the best.

Solidstonez at 07:42 AM, 11/12/2013 (4 years ago)
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Solidstonez at 07:42 AM, 11/12/2013 (4 years ago)
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Country ....... Where any thing can happen

Cherokeejnr at 11:30 AM, 14/11/2017 (11 months ago)
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kixme at 11:32 AM, 14/11/2017 (11 months ago)
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