Interior Galaxy Metal Corporate Restricted has refuted the allegations of working a “modern-day slave camp” in its facility at Umuahala, Obuzor Asa in Ukwa West LGA, Abia State.
Closing week, the Chinese language company confronted criticisms over alleged unfair labour practices and bad setting made public by way of a Twitter consumer.
The thread, feedback and media stories were given the eye of the federal and state governments.
On August 13, Federal Pageant and Shopper Coverage Fee (FCCPC) operatives visited the positioning for an on-the-spot overview.
The company, in an replace despatched to DAILY POST, stated a fuller investigation is ongoing.
In a similar way, the Abia State govt has arrange a committee at the subject.
In a commentary on Tuesday by way of Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe, leader suggest to Interior Galaxy, the corporate described the allegations as “a planned fabrication, mischaracterisation and incorrect information”.
On alleged imprisonment of staff, Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe famous that there were no such example.
He stated: “With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic international, people and corporations had been faced with a scenario of exceptional crises. Our purchasers needed to decide what to do in recognize of about 40 % (40%) in their group of workers who are living and are available to paintings from Obigbo and environs in Rivers State, which is set ten mins’ pressure from the corporate’s premises.
“This was once since the Rivers State Govt had introduced that it was once going to totally lock its borders with neighbouring States, of which Abia State is one. This supposed that the ones staff of our purchasers who are living and are available to paintings from Obigbo and environs will not be able to come back to paintings for a length which it was once tough to decide as no person knew when the pandemic could be over.
“Maximum States, together with Abia, introduced lockdowns and curfews such that even intra-state motion was bulky. It was transparent that for an extended length, our purchasers will not be able to function at complete capability, rendering many staff redundant. It is because the principle enter of manufacturing of our purchasers is scrap iron and the providers ship vehicles/trailers of the fabrics from all corners of the federation, starting from Sokoto, Maiduguri, Lagos, and many others.
“The surroundings and stipulations prevalent in giant factories and vegetation comparable to the ones operated by way of our purchasers are such that if very strict protection protocols don’t seem to be applied, it takes just for one worker to deliver the Covid-19 virus to the plant from house, and it’ll temporarily unfold amongst staff within the manufacturing facility/plant till it turns into uncontrollable.
“In a single corporate in Sagamu, Ogun State (extensively reported), about 107 staff reduced in size the Covid-19 virus inside a 48-hour length and the manufacturing facility was once close down by way of the government. To make certain that there was once no unfold of coronavirus, Interior Galaxy right away instituted very strict Covid-19 protocols, offering one masks each day for every employee and making provisions for over 55 hand-washing/sanitizing stations all over the place the premises.
“The issue was once that there was once no approach of making sure that after the employees go back to their properties, they might stay to the similar protection measures applied inside the manufacturing facility complicated. The control known as a gathering of all of the staff and made an be offering: those that agree to stick inside the corporate premises till the constraints in motion are at ease can be housed in briefly, impulsively erected lodging.”
Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe stated staff who may just no longer keep, both as a result of their households or for different causes, had been furloughed and could be reabsorbed when issues go back to commonplace.
The suggest disclosed that the rest had been fed two times day-to-day, paid complete salaries and bonuses, whilst those that left to sign up for family members were given per 30 days allowances of N15,000 pending after they would select to renew.
Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe added that Interior Galaxy was once a accountable company citizen dedicated to advanced team of workers welfare and pleasant members of the family with the host group.