Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Delta State Council, has issued a 21-day ultimatum to Assets Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON, over what it described as unacceptable ill-treatment of Delta Steel Company workers.
The union said if AMCON failed to pay the workers all their outstanding salaries and entitlements, it would mobilise all affiliates and allies to shut down its operations.
State Chairman of NLC, Mr. Williams Akporeha, said organised labour would not fold its arms and allow the new DSC management treat its workforce as slaves in their own land.
He said: “It is indeed ridiculous to have ejected labour leaders from their official residence in such a wicked manner, all because they are demanding for their legitimate entitlement which AMCON has refused to pay.”
NLC had last week written a letter to the Managing Director of AMCON, expressing its frustration in unresolved labour issues, including payment of 12 months salaries, entitlements due to staff from 2005 till date, and the recent ejection of labour leaders from their official residence.
According to the letter, several efforts made to resolve the issue amicably had met a brick wall due to what it termed recalcitrant attitude of AMCON receiver manager in DSC.
The letter called on the Minister of Labour and Productivity and Delta State governor to intervene in the matter.
In a separate letter to the Minister and copied to the state Governor, NLC said since AMCON took over the management of DSC, Aladja, AMCON had refused to engage labour in resolving workers related issues, including salaries owned over a year now.