The Secretariat of the UITBB released a statement conserning the strike notice of the workers at the DIPROM Corporation in Senegal to protest against the refusal of the Department of Metal Products of the Group DIPROM. UITBB expresses its support to the legitimate claims of the union.
The statement is as follows:
1) Improving the living conditions and general increase in wages,
2) Safety and health protection in the workplace,
3) Career plan for all workers.
“We note that with more than 1000 employees, the group DIPROM is a major player in the economy of Senegal, including the leading distributor of metal products and of design, manufacturing and processing of steel for various applications including construction, industry and automotive.
In addition, the group DIPROM announces on its website that it invests in social work, especially in education with the creation of training institutes.
However, the refusal by management to negotiate with elected employee representatives on key issues relating to the work and the daily lives of employees speaks for an attitude of capitalist exploiters who put profit or super of shareholders before the legitimate concerns of employees.
Dear Comrades, we are aware that the global crisis that shake’s the capitalist system worldwide and particularly in Europe and the United States, has serious economic and social consequences for workers in the world, and especially in the poorest so-called developing countries.
Faced with this offensive of the bosses, workers must unite nationally and internationally and struggle in solidarity to defend their acquired rights and above all to win new ones. Only the struggle on class based principles can corner capitalists and allow the working class to move towards a society of social justice, without exploitation.
On behalf of our Trades Union International of Workers in the Building, Wood and Building Materials Industries, affiliated to the WFTU, representing millions of workers in our branches around the world, we extend our fraternal and militant greetings to you and we wish you steadfastness and determination to go after your claims.
We are committed to inform our members on the fight you are waging. We have sent a protest letter to the CEO of the group.”