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‘NLC missing in action’ – reactions trail TheCable’s Lagos slave factories report

Joe Ajaero, president of the Nigeria Labour Congress and NLC members Joe Ajaero, president of the Nigeria Labour Congress and NLC members

“Where is the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) when workers need them most?”

Social media reactions have trailed TheCable’s two-part investigation that exposed the poor working conditions of factory workers in Lagos state, the commercial capital of Nigeria.

The first part investigated the condition of Matthew Eworo, a 29-year-old worker whose hand was stuck in the base of an active mixer while on a night shift at Monaplex Plastic Industries in Lagos on August 31.

The story exposed the company’s failure to provide protective and safety measures to its workers.

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The second part investigated the exploitation and extortion of young workers in two hair factories despite being paid N200 (less than a dollar) per hour.

Since the stories were published, they have continued to garner traction and diverse comments from Nigerians on social media. Netizens aired their past experiences working at factories in Lagos and other cities in the country.

A group of commenters also called out the leadership of NLC and asked Joe Ajaero, the national chairman of the organised labour, and their stakeholders in Lagos to take responsibility for fishing out the factories involved.

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“I have never heard of Labour Inspectors shutting down factories and sending directors to jail for these persistent crimes by factory owners (both local and foreign),” a concerned Nigerian reacted to the investigative report.

 

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