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Lee Group and abuse of Nigerian workers

Author: Editorial, Business Day [Nigeria], Published on: 11 May 2008

Barely one week after May Day celebrations...workers of Lee Group of Companies in [Nigeria] raised an alarm over abuses and inhuman treatment meted out to them by the...company...According to the president of the [National Union of Chemical, Footwears, Rubber, Leather and Non-Metallic Products], Boniface Isok, Lee Group...recruits under-age workers in its factories and has prohibited union activities...Other complaints against Lee Group included...use of village heads and other slave merchants to enforce dehumanizing activities, indiscriminate use of security agents to harass and brutalise workers...[I]t would be refreshing to know if Lee Group paid any compensation to the families of the 80 workers who died in its factory 15 years ago, and the company's level of commitment to sanctions (if any) after the unfortunate incident.

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