THE crisis in the Delta Steel Company, DSC, Plc, Aladja, Delta State, took a disturbing dimension Thursday morning, as a group of irate Indian workers, protesting alleged non-payment of salaries for upwards of one year, stormed the Steel Melting Shop, SMS, which is the heart of the company, to halt production.
A source told Vanguard that when their bid to halt production failed, the workers chased away all their senior Indian colleagues, leaving the Nigerian workers, who returned to work only when payment of their April and May salaries commenced.
The Indian workers commenced a strike action last week over salary arrears, reporting for work in the morning, and filing to the Administrative block to sit down all day without doing any work, but they were provoked when an Indian security officer challenged them to return to their duty post or face disciplinary action.
They reportedly moved in a mob-like fashion to the SMS to halt production, but their attempt to quench the fire was unsuccessful. Security agents also waded in to stop the crisis from degenerating.
The acting General Manager, Public Affairs of the company, Mr. Kes Agbosa told Vanguard when contacted, Thursday morning, that he was yet to get to the office and so, was not in the position to make comments.
The strike action by DSC workers over salary arrears was first started in June by Nigerian workers, who called off their strike after management promised to start payment.
However, the Indian workers now claim that they were being owed for nearly 12 years by the company, owned 80 per cent by an Indian firm, Global Steel Holdings Limited, GSHL.
It was learnt that due to financial crunch, the company could no longer pay the Indian workers the mouth-watering allowances promised them and they were angry with their employer.