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Monday, 6 March 2017


We demand adequate compensation and payment of all entitlements to all Truck Officers”- Sacked Truck Officers

It was with public fanfare when Dangote Group announced that it would empower about 28,000 Nigerians and had procured 7,000 trucks under a scheme arrangement known as OWN YOUR VEHINCLE/ TRUCK OFFICER SCHEME, but 9 months down the line after about 800 Truck Officers were recruited, it has turned out to be a ruse. Not only did the Dangote Cement management violated relevant sections of the scheme’s agreement [ an MoU prepared by the Dangote Cement Plc.]; it has now abandoned the whole agreement in less than a year. This act is similar to the fate of Graduate Truck Drivers whom were recruited in 2013 and were sacked in less than a year. This is one of the anti-labour practices of the Dangote Group that “use workers and dump them” after massive exploitation.

The process of employment started in April 2015 and ended in May 2016 when most of the workers resumed work. In June 2016, the management issued another set of employment letters which further validated and complemented the scheme’s agreement.

About 800 workers were employed under the scheme and 400 each were deployed to Ibese in Ogun State and Obajana in Kogi State. The agreement was to pay #60,000 monthly salaries and a performance bonus up to the sum of #90,000 monthly. The truck officers worked hard to resuscitate over 500 non- operational trucks; made them productive again, improved and sustained the distribution of Dangote Cement to different parts of the country.

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Article 4.2 of the Scheme Agreement emphatically states that “a Truck Officers shall manage one truck at any given time” but the workers in Ibese were forced to manage 4 trucks and later increased the tally to 6 trucks while workers in Obajana were forced to manage 7 trucks. While Dangote Cement management forced the workers to manage more trucks. Thus, it refused the salary and performance bonus to reflect the number of trucks being managed. THE OWN YOUR VEHINCLE/ TRUCK OFFICER SCHEME was ostensibly designed to have workers manage the trucks and own them after meeting a set mileage of 400,000km. And this contract has been violated and abandoned. This indicates clearly that the advertisement, the OWN YOUR VEHINCLE/ TRUCK OFFICER SCHEME and the employment amount to fraudulent inducement and misrepresentation of the truck officers in violation of Section 45 [1] of the Labour Act.

The Dangote Cement Plc. consolidated its ruthlessness when the management summoned workers to the training hall in Ibese on Saturday February 4, 2017 after militarizing the whole place and forced the workers to submit their ID cards and sign letters of disengagement. This ignorable act was carried out by the management staff, armed police and military men. This is the height of workplace brutality and insensitive towards workers who have worked diligently for 9 months. The work load was increased in December 2016 under a policy termed “special duty” and it entails working for 12 hours day or night at the central and even on public holidays without additional pay.

Virtually all the workers left their respective employments to participate in the Scheme because of the inducement to own a truck. Now, Dangote has thrown all these into the trash. The fact, Aliko Dangote is the richest man in Africa comes with a price which entails engaging in anti-labour practices, the payment of poor wages to most of the workers, harassing and intimidating workers, unilaterally violating agreements, denying workers entitlement due to them, and denying workers the right to join the labour union amongst others.

Hence it is unfair for The Dangote Cement Plc. to unilaterally vitiate the contracts’ agreements willingly enjoined with the workers in a demeaning manner.

We condemn in strong terms anti-labour practices being perpetrated by The Dangote Cement Plc. which has become stock-in-trade of the companies that make-up for The Dangote Cement Group. We call on the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress [NLC] and National Union of Chemical, Footwear, Rubber, Leather and Non- Metallic Employees [NUCFANMPE] and pro-labour organizations to wade into this matter with the sim of defending workers interest.

Hence we demand the following;

·      Immediate payment of all entitlements not limited to payment of salaries in multiple of the number of trucks managed;
·      Payment of performance bonus in multiple of trucks managed;
·      Payment of medical allowance of 30% of annual salary;
·      Dangote Cement Plc. should meet the pension requirement in line with the 2014 Pension Act;
·      Dangote Cement Plc. should immediately hand over the trucks to the workers for ownership as contained in the original agreement of the “OWN YOUR VEHINCLE/ TRUCK OFFICER SCHEME”.
·      That causing as huge personal costs of relocation and other economic loss, we demand compensation for damages paid to each Truck Officer.
·      Aliko Dangote should end all forms of anti-labour practices and victimization of workers.

-       Signed
Forum of Dangote Cement Truck Officers and the Campaign for Democratic and Workers Rights [CDWR]

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