Mkpoikana Udoma 28 October 2016, Port Harcourt – As companies across the country continue to consider workers’ sack as a survival strategy against the nation’s economic recession, the Rivers State House of Assembly has warned companies operating in the state against retrenchment of workers without severance benefits.
This came as some retrenched workers of Daewoo Construction Company, under the umbrella of National Association of Plant Operators, NAPO, an affiliate of Trade Union Congress, TUC, embarked on a peaceful protest to the Rivers State House of Assembly, appealing for help over an alleged unconditional retrenchment and maltreatment of its members by the company.
Speaking on behalf of the workers, the Acting President of NAPO, Rivers State chapter, Mr. Harold Bristol, alleged that Daewoo Construction Company sacked some of the members of the association without any severance benefits as enshrined in the agreement between the company and the workers.
Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Martins Amaewhule, while addressing the protesting members, said no company would be allowed to maltreat citizens of the state and go free.
Amaewhule charged the protesters to submit official petition against the company to the House, assuring that the House will do justice to the matter without delay.
He commended the protesters for their peaceful demonstration instead of resorting to mayhem and crisis in the state.
According to him, “The House will take over the matter and address it to its logical conclusion with the company.”
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