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23 Jul 2015

Author:
Adam Adedimeji, Daily Independent

Nigeria: Protesting workers at Chinese company say poor safety to blame for serious injuries, deaths; lament discrimination, mass dismissals

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'Workers protest mass sack in CCECC', 23 Jul 2015: Nigerians working for China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC)…marched to…[the] office of the Lagos State Governor, [to] protest…[the dismissal of]  500 workers, inhuman treatment…inability of the organisation to adopt safety measures, unwillingness to compensate both dead and injured workers…and unfriendly working environment...The workers…alluded to a situation last year when one of them fell…from a slab and broke his waist…Speaking on behalf of the workers, Mr. Mark Eze Okila who lost his right arm…working for CCECC, said some of the workers were paid as low as N550 (US$2,7)  per day while the Chinese supervisors…receive as much as N450,000 monthly (US$ 2,260)… “…You will be given appointment without any safety induction certification and at the same time…work…without any safety gadgets…leading many workers to injuries of permanent disability and others even death in the process of working…Now…the company is dropping its workers without any benefit after working…for years…”…the workers said in their petition…