Democratic Socialist Movement

For Struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria

By - DSM

STOP REPRESSION OF DURAPACK WORKERS!


STOP REPRESSION OF DURAPACK WORKERS!

FREE ALL INCARCERATED WORKERS UNCONDITIONALLY

FOR IMPROVED PAY AND CONDITIONS FOR WORKERS

The Campaign for Democratic and Workers’ Rights (CDWR) condemns in the strongest terms the state repression of workers of Durapack Company located at Awosika Street, Ikeja Industrial Estate, Ikeja. We condemn the action of the Durapack management, particularly the Chinese duo of Wang Guang Wei and Han Jian Hua, who have refused to accede to the demands of striking and protesting workers in the factory against poor pay, unsafe work conditions and lack of regularization of employment.

It will be recalled that Durapack is notorious for anti-labour practices (casualisation, intimidation of workers, refusal to treat injured workers etc.) that have forced workers to embark on strike action in the past including the picketing of the company on October 7, 2013 that led to one-month strike action. The company is one of the most notorious slave camps in Nigeria.

We condemn the collusion between the Durapack management and the Lagos State Police Command in the arrest and arraignment of the trio of HASSAN MOHAMMED, SAM VINCENT and BENJAMIN ODEY, leaders of the striking workers, on trumped-up charges of “felony by causing grievous harm and occasioning harm”. While they have been granted bail, the leaders of the striking workers contend that they conducted their struggle in a peaceful manner.

We condemn the clampdown on the mass of the Durapack workers who held peaceful protest at the Ogba Central Magistrate Court to demand the release of their leaders. We hold that the “Marikana” style (reminiscent of the fatal clampdown on miners in South Africa) of the men of the Lagos State Police Command should be condemned by the entire labour movement.

We call for dropping of trumped-up charges against the trio of Hassan Mohammed, Sam Vincent and Benjamin Odey and the unconditional release of all Durapack Workers, who are languishing in prison and police detention for demanding the respect of their rights to a peaceful protest. We call for a peaceful protest on the 14th of December, 2015, which is the return date for the court matter of Hassan Mohammed, Sam Vincent and Benjamin Odey.

We call on trade unions, labour activists and pro-working people organisations to support the struggle of Durapack workers by demanding improved pay and conditions as well as an end to the repression of these workers.

Chinedu Bosah
Publicity Secretary, CDWR
E-mail: campaignworkers@yahoo.co.uk