“Again, the Unified Union of Workers in Mining and Ancillary Activities (Sutimac) has come to warn national and international opinion of the degrading and dramatic situation of workers at Twiford Ceramics since the establishment of this plant in 2017.
This multinational, to which the state of Senegal has made every effort to enable it to promote youth employment, continues to benefit from this investment facility to the detriment of workers, especially young people who see their country’s resources overused and who, in addition, treated them as modern-day slaves.
Indeed, for nearly two years, Twiford Ceramics’ human resources department, led by Chinese employers, continued to treat workers under conditions worthy of slavery and to manage them outside of all applicable legislation in the country. Senegal though incessant. Warnings from the Regional Labor Inspectorate.
Twiford Ceramics Disrespectful:
- The legal working time of 40 hours per week and the daily break (each employee works for a period of 12 hours per day, without stopping and without break);
- Standards relating to health, safety and protection of workers (extremely difficult working conditions: standing work for 12 hours);
- Payment of social contributions to IPRES and CSS;
Twyford Ceramics does not provide adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) in certain areas of the plant where the workers involved are at risk of serious accidents.
Twiford Ceramics does not pay premiums for turbidity, risk and transportation (instead it has chosen to provide for the transportation of a network staff that only partially covers employees’ living areas).
At Twiford, when at other companies they subsidize employee catering, on the contrary, they take their bonuses out of the basket and replace them with lab meals just to earn on those bonuses.
At Twyford, the jobs are dangerous: they do not encourage the promotion of youth employment. Indeed, it abuses an APIX exemption that allows it to renew contracts for a fixed period of 5 years, terminate contracts after only six months and replace them with new ones: Twyford is a company of unemployed people and does not create jobs.
In addition, in Twiford, the work environment is characterized by utter insecurity as a “Chinese leader” can hit, beat and attack a “black worker” without being punished.
Faced with this harmful situation, the collective of team representatives has not ceased to save efforts through constructive social dialogue through multiple attempts at dialogue and negotiation that has begun but in vain.
It should be noted that the same collective is in the process of sanctions. The deputies are currently experiencing discrimination on the part of their hierarchical superiors which leaves them stuck when it comes to job promotion. Finally, management is not going to renew the representatives’ contracts on the pretext that some of them are not doing their job, which is completely contrary to reality. The truth is that the fact that the deputies are fulfilling their duties does not help the management and therefore needs to be “removed”.
Enough is enough ! And Sotimak, the affiliated union of almost all Twyford employees, has filed a strike notice ending April 12, 2021; As a result, it will deploy an action plan that requires Twyford Ceramics to respect existing labor legislation in Senegal and treat employees with respect.
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