Lacasera sacks 700 workers over unionization.
The popular soft drink company, Lacasera, has sacked not less than 700 workers. This happened days after the workers were asked to signed a form by unionists against the instruction of the company’s management. Some unionists reportedly broke into the company and persuaded the workers to sign the forms.
The workers, whose employments have been terminated took to the streets to protest against the management of Lacasera.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the protest began when the workers arrived at the company premises in Amuwo Odofin Industrial Estate and found the gate locked against them and a notice of disengagement pasted at the entrance.
The notice on the gate read;
As a result of the unwarranted invasion of our business premises on September 11, we cannot guarantee the well-being of our employees from hired hoodlums and their collaborators.
As a result of this unprovoked act of vandalism, we are unable to continue operations under this circumstance.
Unfortunately we regret to inform all our members of staff of their immediate disengagement.
Mr. Mike Olarenwaju, one of the workers of the company said that the company had denied workers the right to unionize.
We were surprised today (Monday) that the company locked the gate and sacked the workers.
Meanwhile, the case between the workers and the company over unionisation is currently at the National Industrial Court.’
Lacasera is a beverage company owned by Indians which has been operations in Nigeria for about 15 years.