strikes, barricades: the people who work with cloth
09.09.2011 § Leave a comment
All around the world, people working with textiles (a feminized sector) are striking and shit – in China, a lingerie factory is on strike against their death-making wage; in Egypt, the largest textile factory is threatening serious strike; in Nigeria, ex-textile workers are protesting non-payment:
Coalition of textile workers laid off about 10 years ago protested yesterday over non-payment of entitlements and gratuity accrued to them to the tune of N7 billion. The textile workers, therefore, gave the Federal Government seven-day ultimatum to pay the money.
The protesting ex-workers said if the government failed, they would mobilize over 7, 000 of their members to take to the streets.
The aggrieved workers, who barricaded the entrance of the closed Kaduna Textile Limited yesterday, were carrying placards with different inscriptions ranging from; ‘we are dying of hunger’, ‘pay us our benefits’ and ‘our children are engaging in prostitution’, among others.
Speaking through the coalition’s Chairman, Wordam Simdik, the protesting textile workers from Kaduna Textile Limited, Arewa Textile Limited, Nortex and Finetex, said after the closure of the companies in 2002 and 2003 respectively, they had been left with no terminal benefit and gratuity which had led to the death of 2, 700 of their members.