By Emmanuel Udom
Domestic workers; cooks, drivers, cleaners, nannies, stewards etc working with the senior, largely Asian staff of the De United Foods Industries Limited (DUFIL), makers of the popular noodles Indomie, have been under the most inhuman lockdown since early March, 2020, without being allowed to step out of the homes of their bosses, all in the name of preventing Covid-19.
Gbenga Komolafe, General Secretary Federation of Informal Workers’ Organizations of Nigeria (FIWON), dropped this hint today at his official Facebook handle, saying ironically these bosses go out every day including attending social functions while a few of them have even contracted the Covid -19 and infected the helpless domestic workers.
The affected domestic workers are largely drawn from those living with their bosses around Ikoyi and Victoria Island parts of Lagos.
The Federation of Informal Workers’ Organizations of Nigeria, (FIWON), a network of working people under informal employment in Nigeria was alerted about this development almost two months ago during which time efforts were made to reach out to the management of DUFIL to review its inhuman policy without any response or acknowledgement of the effort.
We hope your respected news medium would help to throw a public searchlight into this flagrant violation of these helpless Nigerians, sequestered 24 hours in the homes of their bosses without respect for statutorily recognized work hours, public holidays, weekends etc and have been denied the right to see their families while those with little children have been unable to see them for six months now.
This need for some respite for these workers is even more desperate now as schools are resuming and those with young school children are unable to see their children from whom they have been separated, talk less of taking them to school.