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DANA Steel workers protest mass sack, exploitation

16 November 2012, 07:41

Katsina - Workers of DANA Steel Company, Katsina, on Thursday protested what they called "mass sacking and exploitation" by management.

The Spokesman for the workers, Mr Peter Obi, told newsmen in Katsina that the union and management of the company had met in Lagos last week and agreed on issues relating to staff retrenchment and retirement age.

Obi said during the meeting, the management promised that it would not retrench any worker.

"But to our surprise, just within four days, more than 30 workers were sacked for unknown reasons, and they have families to take care of."

He said that some of the sacked workers were later given contract appointment, and placed on flat salary scale, irrespective of their qualifications and working experience.

"We want our head office and the world to know that this is what is happening in the company.

"They don’t recognise certificate and they treat us like slaves; this only happens to Nigerians working in the company.’’

Obi alleged that recently, machines of the company cut off the hands of two workers and injured five others, but the management failed to cater for their medical treatment.

"We will not resume normal work until the company recalls all the sacked workers and treat us like human beings."

Reacting to the allegations, the company's Human Resources Manager, Alhaji Abdussalam Kabir, said the organisation did not victimize any worker.

"There must be reason for sacking a worker and I don’t need to explain this.”

Kabir also said that the management had never violated any agreement and would discuss with the union's representatives to solve the matter amicably.



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