NLC Shuts Chinese Company Over Worker’s Death, Maltreatment

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) closed down Shaanxi Construction Engineering Group Corporation on Wednesday because to what it deemed to be the dehumanizing treatment of Nigerian employees there.
As early as 7:30am, the union arrived at the business, which is situated at the new ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) offices in Lugbe, Abuja.
The gate of the company was initially sealed against the protesting union and its picketing team, but later opened by management, according to our correspondent who was on the scene.

The construction company’s management remained silent regarding the demonstration and the laborers’ accusations.
According to a report, as part of a community aid package, the Chinese government agreed to build the new ECOWAS Secretariat. NLC General Secretary Emmanuel Ugboaja spoke to the protesting workers and bemoaned the alleged cruel treatment of the workers at the building site. According to him, the Chinese corporation hired the workers on an as-needed basis without attaching any terms of employment or providing any welfare or medical benefits.

He expressed regret for the death of one of the employees, a driver by the name of Mr. Augustine, who had been neglected and denied prompt medical care.
“Where will help come from if there is no pension, no gratuity, no food, no water, and no explanation? We beg the administration to give a basic level of social security every day in vain. The difficulty we face is that. The difficulty is actual, according to Ugboaja. While the picketing action would continue, the NLC scribe stated that the labor leadership planned to have a conversation with the company’s management.

The late driver’s widow, Mrs. Augustine, described her trauma and said that neither the hospital nor the employer allowed her husband to return home for treatment. “His predicament got worse when they finally let him go home. He appeared to be severely undernourished and had a large neck, she claimed. The woman claimed she first carried her husband to the National Hospital in Abuja, where he passed away, before going to the Gwagwalada Teaching Hospital in Abuja.
She claimed that despite her repeated requests for help, the Chinese corporation instead sent her husband a letter of termination.

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