BSFCL workers demonstrate Over Better Pay

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By Daniel Jolly, Bauchi
Workers of Bauchi state Furniture company limited (BSFCL), a company that produces Office and home furnitures, yesterday??staged a peaceful protest to??press home their demand for better pay and improved working conditions as well as?regularization?of ?their appointment?in the state civil service.
?The workers are believed to be casual workers of the Company, which is handling several Furniture contracts within and outside??the state.
?The protesters were demanding for an upward review of worker?s salary , integration into the mainstream of the state civil service and yearly working bonus amongst others.
?The protesters carried placards with various inscriptions that read “We deserve to be civil servants” , “Our salary is too poor” and “We are working hard with nothing to show”.
?The spokesperson of the protesters Mr Samuel Moses, threatened that the workers??will embark on an industrial strike??if the management of the company keep dragging it’s feet in meeting their demands.
?According to him,”We have tabled our demands before the company and it has done nothing about it. So we decided to stage a peaceful protest to make our position known.
?”Some of our demands??includes:??proper condition of service, whereby our workers will integrated into the civil service, upward salary review of workers, yearly bonus for workers, other allowances and benefits” he said.
?”Our monthly take home which they give us as salary is poor and since we were employed there is no increment. The suffering is too much. Some of the staff cannot pay their children school fees”
?”There are workers who has worked with the company for six years as an electrical engineers but are working in other areas with no additional wage”??He said
?Reacting to the development, The Managing Director of the company, Bako Dijabira said it was not possible to meet the demands of the workers because the company is a Limited Liability that is not structured for that.
?He said,”The workers are demanding for three main issues, which include their integration into the civil service,review of salary and yearly bonus.Even though the company was established by the state government, there are no provisions to meet their demands”
?”There are over 200 workers in this company and if the salary structure is reviewed, it will be difficult to maintain their monthly pay because of the dwindling resources of the economy.
?The Director who said two committees were set up by the company to come up with possible solutions to their demands,attributed the agitation by the protesting workers to the handwork of saboteurs who are instigating the workers to go on strike.

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