LAGOS, (CAJ News) – MOBILE police officers are reportedly harassing and intimidating Ciscon Nigeria Limited workers who are demanding payment of their salaries.
It is alleged Managing Director of the Port Harcourt, Rivers State-based oil and gas firm, Shawiey Coker, has hired the officers after enraged workers demanded to know when their salaries, said to date back to three months, would be paid.
Workers said based on the advice of the Human Resource Manager, Chioma Ken Oshionya, and the Deputy General Manager, Martins Akhimien, Coker invited the members of the anti-riot squad to intimidate the staff.
On Monday, workers said over 15 anti-riot mobile police officers stormed into the compound with weapons and caused a stir among staff.
“Knowing the possible result of their action, the MD himself, the HR manger and the other GM absented themselves from work today and switched off their phones expecting there to be a fracas,” a spokesperson for the workers said.
“The staff maintained law and order, went about their duties and avoided any form of confrontation with the mobile police,” he added.
This last alleged intimidation tactic is reportedly the latest in a series of crackdown on staff since they joined unions and demanded payment.
A few weeks ago, the management locked out the staff in attempt to intimidate them but the staff instead picketed the company, it emerged.
“Several attempts have been made to railroad the efforts of staff to get justice but justice will surely prevail,” said a spokesperson for the workers.
– CAJ News