By ANDREW OJIEZEL
Promasidor closure of its gates against its workers for one week may have come and gone, but the losses it incurred during that closure and inability to send it manufactured products to the northern states of the federation following the Boko Haram activities, will take it long months to recover from the losses, even as consumers have been warned to watch properly before buying Promisador products to avoid buying expired products caught in overstaying in the warehouses.
The company last week shut its gates against workers following disagreement with organised labour over the termination of a contract of a service provider that supplied it 786 contract staff employed in year 2007.
Speaking with Allvoices.com last week in Isolo Industrial Estate, one of the union members who refused to allow his name in print, narrated the genesis of the problem.
“The management of the company terminated the service of a service-provider; as a result, the workers that came through the service-provider were also relieved of their jobs.
Since the affected workers are under the National Union of Food, Beverages and Tobacco Employees (NUFBTE), they contacted the head office for help.
The leadership of NUFBTE waded into the matter by telling the management to allow the workers to remain in their duty post while a roundtable negotiation would be held; rather, the human resources manager boasted that it had no need of any appeal from NUFBTE on Friday.”
By following Monday, the management locked its gates against all the workers, both those that came through the service-provider and other workers.
Earlier, the Acting General Secretary of NUFBTE, Comrade Lamidi Danjuma, said he was dismayed by the action of the head of human resources of the company for boastfully telling its workers that he would do whatever pleased him, that NUFBTE will have no power to stop him.
Efforts by Allvoices.com to speak with the Human Resources Manager, Vitus Ezinwa, was not successful, he initially refused to respond to calls and text messages. After some time, he however called back and promised to call the Paper back in the evening, saying “I will call back in the evening,” but he failed to fulfil that promise after several reminders.
Likewise, the Ministry of Labour and Productivity in Lagos, when contacted, said though they were aware of the problem, but they were not permitted to speak on such issue without proper approval from Abuja headquarters.
Similarly, the one of the directors in charge of press in Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity in Abuja, when contacted said since he was in Geneva for International Labour Organisation (ILO) event, he would not be able to speak on it until from Geneva.
Ezinwa was earlier quoted as blaming his action on trapped goods in the warehouses, especially those meant for northern states of the country, following the Boko Haram activities in the northern states.