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Modern-day slavery: Indomie company staff cry foul, seized for 6 months without returning to their homes

The workers called on the federal and state governments as well as labour unions to intervene without further delay so that they can leave the confines of their bosses’ homes where they had been denied public holidays and weekends.

 

By Boye Ajayi

 

Workers of the De United Foods Industries Limited, makers of Indomie noodles, in Lagos have cried out for help over what they described as modern-day slavery and unfair labour practices being practiced in the organization.

 

The workers, who are mainly cooks, drivers, nannies, and stewards alleged that they are being enslaved by the Asian company as they have not been allowed to return to their home in the last six months to see their families by the management of the company under the guise of preventing the spread of COVID-19.

The workers said in a statement: “Ironically these bosses go out every day including attending social functions while a few of them have even contracted the Covid-19 and infected the helpless domestic workers.

“The affected domestic workers are largely drawn from those living with their bosses around Ikoyi and Victoria Island part of Lagos.”

Persecondnews learnt that the Federation of Informal Workers Organisations of Nigeria, a network of working people under informal employment in Nigeria, was alerted about this development about two months ago.

“Efforts were made to reach out to the management of DUFIL to review its inhuman policy without any response or acknowledgement of the effort.”

The workers called on the federal and state governments as well as labour unions to intervene without further delay so that they can leave the confines of their bosses’ homes where they had been denied public holidays and weekends.

 

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