Ademola said: “We reject the antics of the Sun International under David Klieg and Bogosi Matlala (South Africans) to enslave Nigeria workers in the Federal Palace Hotel and Casino. We condemn in totality any act of racism and hereby demand the immediate resignation of the General Manager, Klieg, and the Human Resources Manager, Matlala, respectively and their deportation.”
Ademola harped, “It is totally unacceptable and against our laws for a South African to act as human resource manager in Nigeria.
He noted that when the workers could no longer endure the situation, they sought for the assistance of the unions through a four-day struggle that forced all the union representatives to sleep on the open field of the hotel in January 2015 before the company could recognize the union, but not without the intervention of the Federal Ministry of Labour and the Directorate of State Services (DSS).
He lamented that ever since the recognition of the union in 2015, the management has terminated the appointment of a number of employees for participating in the struggle. “Some were even locked out through court injunction while the rest were denied the 2015 end- of-year bonus.”
The HAPSSSA president alleged that several positive measures taken to redress the situation have proved abortive, as the management of the hotel remained at arm’s length from the union representatives.
He said, “Now the workers are apprehensive as to the status of their employment having worked for between seven and eight years respectively and could be terminated suddenly without any severance benefits. They do not even know their employer.”
The Labour leader lamented that all relevant agencies of government, such as the Labour Ministry, Police, Department of State Services, Lagos Internal Revenue Service, National Assembly, Lagos State House of Assembly, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, had been intimated with letters and petitions on their grievances with the management of the hotel, with only the Senate acknowledging their letter.
“Nigeria workers should be free to join the unions of their choice without victimization as entrenched in the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria – Freedom of Association”, he stressed.