– Aggrieved staff of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission are protesting the non-payment of their bonuses
– Some of the workers stripped naked to protest at the headquarters of the commission
– They promised to continue protesting until the state government listened to their demands
Some workers of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) stripped naked on Monday, January 9, to protest the non-payment of their bonuses by the commission.
The aggrieved workers, who shut down the headquarters of the commission, accused the state government and the board’s commission of maltreating workers by refusing to pay workers including the controversial 13-month bonus (End of Year Bonus), The Punch reports.
The workers said management has also refused to promote and pay retirement entitlements to pensioners of the commission as well as leave bonuses to workers since 2015 when the present board assumed office.
A staff who pleaded anonymity said: “What we are protesting is statutory in our engagement letter. In 2013 the commission complained that there is no money and appealed that we should allow our salaries to be slashed by 30 per cent and promised that once things improved it shall be restated but up till now it has not.”
The workers have vowed to continue with their protest until their demands are met by the state government while warning that they would occupy government house and the State House Assembly if their demands are not met by next week.
It is becoming a common practice for some organisations to withhold workers and pensioners entitlements.
Following the inability of the Osun state government to pay them their pension allowances, pensioners have opened an IDP camp in the state for their members. Report has it that the pensioners are being owed several months’ pension allowances.
Five days ago, pensioners in Imo state took to the street to protest against Governor Rochas Okorocha’s slashing of their pension arrears by 60%. They blocked the roundabout leading to the Government House in Owerri.