Court hearing for workers fired from Unilever Nigeria adjourned until Dec. 6; worked dismissed in 2008 after participating in rally demanding better working conditions
November 10, 2011
– A lawsuit on behalf of fired Unilever workers in Nigeria who are challenging their dismissal in court has been adjourned until Dec. 6, Vanguard reported on Nov. 10.
According to the article, the workers were fired in 2008 after participating in a peaceful rally demanding better working conditions. Unilever Nigeria reportedly had armed policemen break up the demonstration.
After the rally, the company summarily dismissed 63 workers. The fired employees had all worked for the Unilever for between five and 27 years.
The workers claim that Unilever refused to pay for the worker’s benefits and entitlements. They are seeking 8 million naira (US$5,000) in compensation.
The primary source for this article is Vanguard, Lagos, Nigeria, on Nov. 10, 2011.