PROTEST: ANGRY WORKERS SAY NO TO STOPPAGE OF GRATUITY PAYMENT
Work has been stopped at Berger Paint Office at Oba Akran Road, Ikeja, Lagos as workers of Berger Paints PLC starts a peaceful protest to express their dissatisfaction with the management stopping their gratuity payment.
The protest started on the 12th of June 2017 as members of the Labour Union are taking the lead in the protest. The protesters said, the management staff of the company has been absent and so they could not be reached by the unions.
The chairman of the junior staff of Berger Paints Nigeria PLC, Comrade Tomisin Akinnowo said what inspired the protest is that the management terminated the appointments of some of their workers since March 2016 without giving them the gratuity they deserved.
Other leaders of the union present there are Comrade Wasiu Salau who is the senior staff chairman, Comrade Sunday Akinyemi the General Secretary for the senior staff amongst many others.
Speaking to dailyfamily.ng, they all made it known that they are against the action of the management and that they won’t rest until their goal is achieved.
The secretary for the junior staff of Berger Paints Workers said what they are fighting for is their gratuity, as the management has stopped their gratuity without giving them any notice. He said what the management did is against Labour policies and the Nigerian constitution. In his words he said
“our so-called Berger management, Berger board sat down and they said that they did not see anywhere else to embezzle money that they want to cancel the gratuity of workers” he said most of the workers are family men that have about ten beneficiaries and has worked for about ten years or more and their gratuity for each person is about N2million.
Comrade Bode also said “they say NO gratuity stoppage in Berger Paints, we reject it by all means”, there was an agreement signed between Ministry of Labour and their union that gratuity continues”. he added that the solution to this protest is for the management to sit with them to bargain on how their gratuity will be paid. He said.until then, the protest will continue.
The men of the police force present at the scene said they cannot give any information about the protest.
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