8th December, 2010
The Campaign for Democratic and Workersâ€™ Rights, CDWR, has condemned in strong termsÂ the sacking of 226 workers over their agitation for unionisation and payment ofÂ their yearly bonuses by the management of Peugeot Automobile Nigeria, PAN.
CDWR disclosed in a press statement signed by the National Secretary, Mr.VictorÂ Osakwe,Â that the management of PAN had sacked all 226 workers of the industrialÂ Division on Monday,Â 29 November, this year for attempting to inaugurate a tradeÂ union. CDWR recalled that the management of PAN, under the leadership of Alhaji SaniÂ Dauda, five years ago had unlawfully sacked all the union executives which was whatÂ gave birth to the consistent and arbitrarily sack of workers among otherÂ anti-workers activities.
â€œThe management of PAN had violated Nigeriaâ€™s constitution by depriving workers ofÂ their right. Workers have the right to express themselves freely, assemble andÂ associate freely as guaranteed in section 39 and 40 of the 1999 constitutionÂ respectively,â€Â CDWR stated.
The group, therefore ,urge the management of PAN to immediately recall all 226Â sacked workers without any loss of pay and allowances including their annualÂ bonuses.
CDWR also declared its support for the workers in other departments for embarking onÂ a solidarity strike action with the victimised workers.
â€œWe encourage the workers to sustain this solidarity strike as a means to force theÂ management to reverse its actions and we are also calling on the Kaduna StateÂ leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) toÂ intervene on behalf of the victimised workers.â€ CDWR said.