Some former employees of Mayor Biscuit Firm Ltd (MABISCO) situated at Agbara, Ogun State, have been arrested by policemen who posed as journalists of Nigeria’s main newspaper, SaharaReporters.
The previous employees, Usman Yahaya, Bisiriyi Babatunde and Olayiwola Akin have been arrested by the law enforcement officials following a narrative by SaharaReporters exposing how the corporate has been paying its workers members slave wages of N1,000 every day regardless of working as much as 13-hour shifts.
The corporate proprietor, Mr Felix King Eiremiokhae, who was not pleased with the report ordered their detention.
“One man referred to as and instructed them he’s a workers member of SaharaReporters. He stated his identify was Dotun Ajulo Silver. He stated a narrative accomplished lately concerning the firm by SaharaReporters was accomplished by him.
“He lied to them that they need to see, in order that they can provide him extra paperwork and proof about how they have been handled by the corporate. He referred to as and gave an deal with that they need to meet; he instructed them to return to his workplace at Ikeja.
“So this morning, he referred to as and gave them an appointment to satisfy him however once they acquired there, they have been arrested by policemen. There have been 4 of them that went there, so considered one of them refused to enter. So the person got here out with one different policeman in mufti, however earlier than you knew it, they have been arrested and brought to Panti (State Prison Investigation and Intelligence Division),” a supply instructed SaharaReporters.
The Publicity Secretary of the Marketing campaign for Democratic and Employees’ Rights (CDWR), Chinedu Bosah additionally confirmed the arrest in an announcement despatched to SaharaReporters.
The assertion learn, “Three former employees of MABISCO, an organization that manufactures biscuits, have been arrested at present at Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos and are presently detained at Panti Police Station, Yaba.
“They’re Usman Yahaya, Bisiriyi Babatunde and Olayiwola Akin.
“They have been arrested by policemen who posed as journalists from the Sahara Reporters within the poor working situation at MABISCO. In precise reality, Sahara Reporters reported the poor working situations employees are subjected to on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, with the headline: ‘Ogun Biscuit Manufacturing unit Suspends Employees for Protesting N1000 Slave Wage’.
“The corporate proprietor, Mr Felix, who was not pleased concerning the report ordered the arrest of those employees.
“The arrest came about at No 6 Allen Avenue, Ikeja, the workplace of Residents Support for Social Justice. The secretary who got here to select these employees on the bus cease is one Miss/Mrs Joyce.
“The three employees are presently detained at Panti Police Station for no cause. Kindly name and ship protest messages to Mr Felix (MABISCO CEO) on 08171229888 to demand their launch. Additionally, name and ship protest messages to Hakeem Odumosu, Lagos State Commissioner of Police.”
In a narrative printed by SaharaReporters on November 23, some employees accused the administration of the agency of subjecting them to inhuman therapy for demanding their entitlements.
The affected staff – a lot of them informal employees – accused the corporate of paying them slave wages of N1,000 every day regardless of working as much as 13-hour shifts.
They slammed MABISCO for refusing to pay their extra time allowances and for failing to remit their pension and taxes deducted from their salaries.
A number of the aggrieved individuals disclosed that the poor working situation on the manufacturing facility and the inhuman therapy employees have been subjected to, had triggered a lot of them to develop illnesses that put their well being in a horrible state.
“Mayor Biscuit Firm Ltd is a slave camp the place anti-labour practices and crimes are flagrantly dedicated.
“Administration pays poverty wages to many of the employees. Informal employees who represent 80 per cent of the workforce are paid N1000 every day whereas the regularised workers members earn N35,000 month-to-month.
“We’re made to work extra time from Monday to Saturday (7:00 am to six:00 pm) with out fee of extra time allowances. The working situation is miserably poor as we’re denied severance entitlement and different advantages.
“The administration recklessly violates Pension Reform Act and consequently denies us our proper to a pension.
“So brazen is the extent of violation such that the administration deducts employees contribution (8%) and pockets it as an alternative of remitting to the Pension Fund Administrator. The administration additionally doesn’t contribute its personal share of the pension which is 10%. This constitutes a gross violation of the Pension Reform Act.
“In addition they deduct tax from employees’ salaries and don’t remit to the tax authority and authorities.
“This example is affecting many employees emotionally and psychologically, thereby resulting in well being situations that put our colleagues in danger,” one of many affected had employees stated.
One other informal worker of the manufacturing firm disclosed that a lot of their colleagues, who confronted the administration over the problems, have been both suspended indefinitely or sacked with none type of compensation.
“The administration topics employees to intimidation, harassment and arbitrary sacking and don’t pay their earned entitlements.
“As an example, Musa Ibrahim has been positioned on indefinite suspension since Could 2019 for requesting his extra time entitlements to be paid. He has not been sacked and his entitlement is but to be paid.
“This injustice takes place every single day. We’re handled like slaves simply because we try to earn an sincere residing at MABISCO,” he had stated.
Different employees of the agency, who additionally expressed anger on the state of affairs, revealed that the management of the Nationwide Union of Meals, Drinks and Tobacco Staff refused to intervene within the matter regardless of a number of reviews made to them.
A administration workers member of the corporate contacted by SaharaReporters over the problem claimed that many of the employees have been utilizing blackmail to extort the corporate of cash and run it out of enterprise.
“All allegations by the employees usually are not true. You possibly can test with the Ministry of Labour and different related authorities to see if we run a slave camp like they claimed or ever denied any employee their entitlement.
“They’re doing this as a result of the corporate is owned by a Nigerian and so they suppose they will blackmail him into giving them no matter they demand.
“We’re a accountable organisation working underneath the usual labour legal guidelines of Nigeria, now we have nothing to cover,” the official, who requested to not be named, stated.
In August 2019, the corporate accused employees of inflicting it N30 million loss after a protest that grounded operations for a number of hours.
The employees, who stormed the Agbara, Ogun State manufacturing facility of the biscuit firm in a number of vehicles, had tried to burn down the place however have been repelled by policemen from a station close by.
Disagreements between employees and the administration of the corporate have develop into a daily function since that interval, it was gathered.
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