- Soft drink maker La Casera on Monday shut down operations at its Mile 2 Plant on the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway in Lagos, saying it could not guarantee the safety of workers.
- This is contained in a statement by the company’s spokesman, Mr Tola Bademosi, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
- The statement explained that over 200 demonstrators led by representatives of the National Union of Food, Beverages and Tobacco Employees (NUFBTE) invaded the company’s premises on Saturday and Monday.
- The statement said that the invasion led to disruption of production as workers were compelled by the unionists to stop work and sign a consent form.
“Over 200 shouting demonstrators of the NUFBTE broke into the factory which employs over 780 people at its site near Mile 2.
Caught unawares with no prior notice, security guards were unable to hold back the unruly group who broke into the complex, entering offices and production areas.
Production line workers were compelled to stop work and assemble in the factory yard, where they were forced to sign membership consent forms to join the union on the spot.’’
- The workers say they are protesting because the company’s management responded to their efforts at unionism by firing all of them.
“The plant has remained closed over the weekend with its fate uncertain as leaders of the mob have threatened to return with an even larger force,’’ the statement said.