BY Emma Amaize
WARRI—THE crisis in Delta Steel Company, DSC, Delta State, took a new dimension, Thursday, as more top Indian officials of the company were held hostage by the striking Indian workers on hunger strike over salaries and pay off.
A source told Vanguard that no Indian worker reported for duty, Thursday, due to the action of the striking Indian workers who were not happy that their compatriots at the management level took a decision to stop the company’s bus from conveying them to office from their quarters.
The striking workers had, Tuesday, prevented the Executive Director, Operations, Mr. S. Bandari from leaving his home. The Vice-President, Human Resources and Employee Relations, Mr. Aloysious Lobo and General Managers, Finance and Commercial, were also held hostage.
The 16 Indian workers, who embarked on a12-hour hunger strike after resigning their appointments to compel management to pay their entitlements, were joined by other Indians.
It was gathered that the top Indian managers of the company considered the strike by their colleagues, who sit out at the administrative complex as degrading, and stopped the staff bus from conveying them to the office. But the action infuriated the striking workers.
Despite the strike action, their Nigerian counterparts have continued to sustain the company. A staff told Vanguard: “The company may be incapacitated if we run out of raw materials for production because without the General Manager, Finance and General Manager, Commercial, nobody can approve money for raw materials.
“In fact, the way the Indians structured the company, there is no Nigerian in the finance division that can order supply of any raw material for production.”