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La Casera Fires Hundreds of Workers & Shuts down Operations

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La CaseraThe La Casera Company, manufacturers of the popular La Casera beverage in Nigeria is currently embroiled in a labour dispute with its staff.
The Indian-owned company which has been in operation in Nigeria for over a decade recently fired approximately 1300 members of staff – mainly factory workers.

According to protesting staff, the move has made by the company to prevent them from unionizing.

Hundreds of staff had protested on Friday 11th September 2015.

Months prior to the mass retrenching, staff began making plans to join the National Union of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employees (NUFBTE) and based on their accounts “Management had every effort to frustrate their unionization efforts culminating to the current situation”

An official statement released by the company outlined their reasons for shutting down.

Over 200 shouting demonstrators, some bussed in from out of state, 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. Some of those who refused to sign were brutalized.

Employees who tried to film the disturbance on mobile phones were manhandled and had their phones taken away. Others signed under duress before taking the opportunity caused by a heavy downpour to flee the scene.”

Unable to guarantee the safety of its workers, Management was compelled to shut operations and send everyone home. The plant has remained closed over the weekend with its fate uncertain as leaders of the mob have threatened to return again with an even larger force. Further communication from Management is expected soon.

The Daily Sun reports that the sacked interim chairman of the company’s branch‎ of NUFBTE, Richard Jome stated that “he and about 30 other were sacked on July 30, same day the management invited NUFBTE to inaugurate the elected officers stating that the workers worked under harsh conditions.

Jome said the management sack of the entire workers on September 14 (Monday) meant that over 1,300 have been thrown into the labour market and denied that any property of the company was destroyed on Friday during the first day of protest.

20 Comments

  1. eemcko

    September 15, 2015 at 6:00 am

    It is a worthwhile meeting

  2. zeal

    September 15, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Wonderful!!!!! And will joining the Union prevent you from making more money? Indians, I can’t deal. First you treat your MTN staff anyhow, now you have brought same treatment upon your Lacasera staff. Well sha no be una fault; na our people wey dey always allow una enter this country anyhow.

  3. or

    September 15, 2015 at 7:57 am

    When buhari lied to you he will provide 1 million jobs yearly we told you it was a lie you refused to listen. Now instead of job gain it’s job loss for you.
    Now this is what you voted!
    Sai illiterate

    • Frizzy

      September 15, 2015 at 10:16 am

      The most retarded comment ever made by a mammal. Ever!
      It’s clear who the illiterate is, innit?

  4. Mabinuori

    September 15, 2015 at 9:03 am

    @ Or…you need help!!!!!! Your illiteracy is amazing!!!! Even if you cannot perform your marital duties..you say its Buhari that caused it…..Shame on you.
    You had better adjusted to the fact that this government has come to stay and eschew bitterness. Bitterness kills o. Don’t quench before your time!!!

    • or

      September 15, 2015 at 9:27 am

      Hey mabinuori enjoy your dividends and don’t spill rhubishh!

  5. mamabussy

    September 15, 2015 at 9:04 am

    what has Buhari got to do with this?

  6. brown-ice

    September 15, 2015 at 10:11 am

    ‘Tanker falls from bridge and kill motorists in ojuelegba-PDP blames APC’…….’lacasera fires hundreds of workers and shuts down operations-Nigerians blame PMB…..’my mom cooked dinner late yesterday-Aisha Buhari takes the blame…………….
    Dear Nigerians, let it rest already! Buhari is not the cause of all our problems..

    • nnenne

      September 16, 2015 at 3:23 am

      @ brown-ice.. Be careful of the culture you create… It started with GEJ. It will definitely not stop with him. Sorry!

  7. Prince

    September 15, 2015 at 10:18 am

    We have serious problem in this country and that problem is our ‘MINDSET’. imagine someone putting the blame on the President. What has the Lagos state governor do concerning this matter.
    This people can’t come here and be treating us anyhow, while on the other hand when they’re employed by us, we give them royalty treatment, I have 3 of them in my company and they benefits more than us Nigerians. Indians, Lebanese, Chinese and the rest of them treat our people with little of no regard and use them like slaves. This is where we the Youths must stand together and fight against this nonsense instead of blaming the government.

  8. Nabila

    September 15, 2015 at 10:18 am

    There are 2 sides to every story but conditions in most of these factories are deplorable

  9. Anonymous

    September 15, 2015 at 10:46 am

    The workers wanted to join the union because of the inhumane work conditions at the factory. In one of the articles I read on premium times, it said the health insurance the company provides only covers the employee, not the spouse or children and the cost for any ailment must not exceed N3,000.

    If that isn’t slavery, I don’t know what is. These people come here and make so much money on our back, and yet they can’t provide their employees a hospitable workplace.

    I’d say if the company will not allow the employees to join the union and reinstate the fired workers, let them go elsewhere. Where else are they going to make the kind of money they make here?

    What is it with Indians and Lebanese? They are not the only foreign firms in this country but they are the ones always in the news for mistreating their employees or cutting corners.

    • goodintension

      September 15, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      We Nigerians cannot provide work to people. Atleast donot kill whoever provides Job..

  10. Concerned9ja

    September 15, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Indians and Chinese treat their own people despicably. .heard of the sweat shops??…and they take that rubbish mentality all over Africa..
    Dare them try this in Europe or USA..
    They should feel the full brunt of the law…never known 9jas to be so docile ..time people stood up to these Economic mercenaries.

    • nene

      September 15, 2015 at 9:15 pm

      gbam

  11. Concerned9ja

    September 15, 2015 at 11:08 am

    They should also have posted pics of the deplorable working conditions and environment on social media..a pic tells a 1000 stories

  12. NG

    September 15, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    The fault lies with our representatives who only represent their stomach in government. The media is not so far behind in the blame too.
    Workers are generally in a weak position in comparison to management and that is why labour laws are enacted by countries. Not just enacted, but enforced to protect poor workers while not undermining productivity. What is expected of workers is to raise the first cry and a good system should kick start to investigate and correct wrongs. The workers cannot be left to do all the fights because management will simply do what they have done here- sack everybody and instill the culture of fear- who wants to be out of job? At all, at all bad well well!

    Nigerian workers have been screaming about the conditions they face with different companies- Chinese, Indian, Nigerian etc but what has the government (the people’s reps I mean) done about this?

    You want to see slavery? Let the media beam just a little searchlight on the Oil & Gas sector to see the SLAVERY contractor staff are subjected to. The terrible system of indirect employment introduced by this sector has now permeated other sectors such as banking and numerous others. Nigerian workers are hardly fully employed in these sectors anymore but are placed on contract for years on end on same salary and with non of the benefits enjoyed by the workforce in a normal employer-employee relationship. All these despite the labour law that prohibits casualization for more than a year or thereabout. Who will fight this? The poor worker under threat of sack by management and who is at the mercy of an inefficient justice system?

    Our reps should rise up to help and the media too, cos the exploitation of Nigerian workers is real.. This is not to take away kudos from any person or organization who finds competence to manage resources well enough to afford people gainful employment to others, especially in a harsh operating environment like Nigeria. But fair is fair.

  13. foot fetishist

    September 15, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Worked with loads of them in the maritime industry, they are nut cases, making mountains of very little tiny mounds of earth. i think its a third world mentality issue. And its not like they are any better than us o.

  14. TheRealist

    September 15, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    But didn’t Oba Otudeko shut down Radisson Blu for the same reason that workers wanted to unionize (of course, officially it is for “renovations” that apparently is lasting years)? The absolutely worst employers to work for in Nigeria are NIGERIANS! From the routine sexual harrasment, to having employees run personal errands to owing unending salaries (forget health insurance – for where!). In fact, all the Indians, Lebanese and other foreigners really do is bribe our officials and take advantage of our lax laws (or the non-implementation of our laws). So abeg let’s quit with the Xenophobia – WE ARE OUR OWN WORST ENEMIES!!

  15. paris brown

    September 16, 2015 at 6:11 am

    One man killed her son a 15.years boy cus of the boy scrach his new 504 car this happen at aba abia state yesterday \skynews.com

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