ABOUT 400 casual staff of Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), took to the streets yesterday in protest over alleged inhuman treatment by the management of the company.
All entrance gates to the company were shut. Although, police personnel were not on ground, the atmosphere was tense.
The protest started around 8am, with staff carrying placards and singing. The protesters said the management has over the years refused to see to their welfare. Some of the things they complained about include: poor remuneration, harsh working condition and lack of medicare, amongst others.
One of the staff, who spoke with The Nation on condition of anonymity, said: ” Some of us have been temporary staff for the past six to seven years. This is contrary to our agreement. We have OND, degree holders, NCE amongst us.
“Also, up till today, we collect N400 per day and N50 per day for feeding. No medicals despite the harsh conditions under which we are working. We are fed up with all these and we want the government and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to please come to our aid.”
He said they have complained to the management at different occasion, but nothing was done.
“We have met with them at different occasions on these issues, but they did not do anything. Even, this morning, they have called the police to intervene, but the police refused, saying that we should resolve it amicably. All our colleagues from other plants are still coming to join. So, as at now everything is at a standstill. Nobody is working,” the staff, who works in the quality control department said.
However, few staff were seen entering the company. It was confirmed that these are the staff of the company.