OUR PETITION AGAINST UNFAIR LABOUR PRACTICES OF DANGOTE CEMENT PLC

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FORUM OF DANGOTE CEMENT TRUCK OFFICERS (+2348038236695, +2348098072072, +2348099422311, +2348035747200, +2348072700160)

 

OUR PETITION AGAINST UNFAIR LABOUR PRACTICES BY DANGOTE CEMENT PLC 

 

We wish to publicly state our plight as workers/Truck Officers who were wrongly sacked in Dangote Cement PLC.

 

In April 2015, the company announced both in print and electronic media a Truck Entrepreneurship Scheme that seeks to empower graduates financially. The scheme entailed eventual ownership of a truck each by every successful employee (Truck Officer) who was able to cover 400,000km with the truck.

 

We excitedly applied for this offer with the required documents, and were eventually shortlisted. Thereafter, we went through the first training process that lasted from June to October 2015 at Obajana (Kogi State), Ibese (Ogun State), and Ikeja (Lagos State).

 

In February 2016, 200 (two hundred) of us were called to report to Obajana plant for immediate commencement of duty. The impromptu manner with which we heeded this call from Dangote Cement cost most of us our current jobs as at then. Yet after training, we were asked to go back and wait for their directive.

 

In March 2016, an agreement form covering the scheme was made available to us, we filled them and sent to the High Court for legal endorsement. This we promptly did at our own cost. It is noteworthy that the agreement provided a monthly remuneration of N60,000 for every Truck Officer including a performance bonus of up to N90,000 monthly target.

 

In April 2016, the management called 200 of us to report at Ibese plant to process our documents and commence work. This we did, and after another training exercise, we were asked to go back and wait for further directive.

 

In May 2016, the management called us to report at Ibese plant for immediate commencement of duty, some workers resumed on 12th and others resumed on the 13th of May 2016. This we did, and this time, we were allocated one truck each to supervise. After two weeks, the trucks we handled were increased to four by the management, then later to six in September for those in Ibese and seven for those in Obajana. 

 

On 2nd June 2016, the management issued us another appointment letter that further complemented the scheme agreement in the area of medical allowance, leave etc. 

 

On that same month (June 2016), another 200 (two hundred) Truck Officers were recruited and deployed to Obajana. 

 

In September 2016, about 400 (four hundred) Truck Officers were further employed. 200 were deployed to Obajana plant while 200 were deployed to Ibese plant.

 

In December 2016, our management introduced a new form of daily truck reporting, saying it was meant to be used as our Key Performance Indicator (KPI). Though, this policy increased the workload without commensurate pay rise, we obediently adjusted to this new development which officially commenced in Ibese plant in January 2017.

 

On Sunday 8th January 2017, a Truck Officer, OYELAMI ADEKUNLE ISMAEL, slumped and died on duty in Ibese plant, and all the management did was to ask some Truck Officers to accompany the corpse with an ambulance to his hometown with a paltry sum of N50,000 (fifty thousand Naira). Dangote Cement Plc failed to maintain Group Life Insurance Policy in line with Section 2(5) of the 2014 Pension Act. 

 

It is noteworthy to say that we made efforts by sending mails twice to our management for the purpose of facilitating a meeting with us in order to discuss our issues but it all proved abortive as we got no response. Also worthy of note is that our enterprising actions and hard work led to the revival of more than 500 (five hundred) non-operational trucks. 

 

On Saturday 4th February 2017, we were suddenly summoned by our management via Whatsapp social media to report to the plant for a very important meeting. To our surprise, armed military and policemen and were stationed at strategic positions around the plant. It was then that they started distributing Termination Letters (printed on ordinary A4 papers as against the company’s official letter-headed papers) forcing us to submit our identity cards and other company belongings. Despite the hard work put into service, we were treated like common criminals! 

 

We hereby implore all well-meaning Nigerians and the general public to come to our aid so as to enable us get our due entitlements, bring this draconian and anti-labour policies of Dangote Cement to an end, and thus save the Nigerian workers from undue humiliation and victimization. 

 

WE DEMAND OUR ENTITLEMENTS:

 

1) Since management broke the agreement by terminating us without notice as stated in the original contract papers, each of us is entitled to compensation not less than a month salary in lieu of notice.

 

2) That all our performance bonuses be paid multiplied by the number of trucks managed by each Truck Officer immediately.

 

3) That our salary be multiplied by the number of trucks managed by each truck officer on a monthly basis and to pay the outstanding balance. 

 

4) That our 30% medical allowance be paid in line with the number of trucks managed.

 

5) That the management meets the pension requirement in line with the 2004 pension scheme as amended. 

 

6) That for causing us huge personal costs of relocation and other economic loss, we demand compensation/damages be paid to each Truck Officer.

 

7) That the management should enter into negotiation with workers to either give the trucks to the workers or pay compensation in lieu of the trucks.

 

8) That the management should issue a written apology to the workers for the harassment and victimization.



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