Indian employees of Delta Steel Company Ltd in Nigeria who have not been paid salary for more than 15 months said they were prevented from holding a hunger strike by their employers on May 1.
They said they were stopped at their camp.
The employees said they wanted to go on hunger strike to coincide with May-day celebration to drive home their demands for payment of their salaries but were addressed with derogatory words and their means of transportation to the company premises stopped by officials of the company.
“We tried to start our indefinite hunger strike (May Day) in the premises of Delta Steel Company Ltd,Warri. But our DSC Management had stopped transport and security and prevented us to go to plant from our camps,” spokesperson for the group,Dinesh Yadav wrote in an emailed statement.
Last year,the workers raised alarm over their plight stating that they were forced to live like destitutes.
They had approached the Indian high Commission at Abuja and Ministry of Indian Overseas Affairs and other Nigerian and Indian agencies concerned but the employers have remained unyielding.
Yadav had alleged that the workers are being kept in the country like bonded labourers without any living allowance and salary for last 11 months.
According to the workers,they have no transport facility,proper food,electricity,security or medical cover.
They said they were recruited by Global Steel Holding from India and posted to Nigeria¿s southern state of Warri to work for the steel company in 2005.