Manufacturers of Indomie Noodles and pastas, Dufil Premier Company have been accused of anti-labour activities by their host community in Rivers state.
This is as youths from Choba community in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State blocked the entrance to the office of Dufil Premier Company in the state.
The aggrieved Choba youths complained about unfair treatment of staff of the company and the denial of their rights by the management.
They tied palm frond across the gate of the company, symbolizing a declaration of dispute and an indication that the premises has been sealed until the matter is resolved.
The protesters also accused some Choba chiefs of conniving with officials of company to shortchange the junior workers and deprive them of their right as stakeholders in the community.
The Choba Youths President, Francis Ihunda vowed that they would remain at the gate of Dufil until the management respond to their demands, including scrapping of the use of contract staff.
Ihunda particularly mentioned the Choba Paramount Ruler in the alleged wage scam saying, “we are tired of this thing called contract staff. How can we be contract staff in our own community.
“Many of us are graduates. Some of us also have the required skills and even experience but when they want to take us, they take us in a contract staff and pay us small thing. What can someone do with 30,000.”
Security operatives were not present at the time of filing this report, while some of the company workers who reported for duty were stranded at the gate.