BATN denies allegations of anti-labour practices
Following allegations of non-adherence to workplace safety of workers, and general anti-labour practices by some disengaged staff of the British American Tobacco Nigeria; the management of the company has dismissed the allegations, re-iterating its commitment to provision of safe place conditions for its employees.
The Legal and External Affairs Director, BAT, Freddy Messanvi said in a statement through the Company’s Head of Corporate Affairs, Oluwaseyi Ashade that: “BAT Nigeria is committed to providing a great and safe place to work as we understand the importance of our people and their welfare in the continued growth and sustainability of our company. We adhere strictly to our Environment, Health and safety policy implementation, which applies to employees, contractors, visitors and suppliers in our Factories and our offices”.
According to Freddy Messanvi: “These new allegations have been made by a group of former employees who left BAT Nigeria between 2015 and 2016. We take these kinds of allegations seriously and are currently investigating them as part of our strict adherence and commitment to workplace safety, which has resulted in us maintaining a zero incidence of work place injuries for the past eight years.
He also said the company abide by the local laws and compliant with not just the local regulations as required by all relevant local agencies but also benchmark against the requirements for labour practices globally, such as the OECD guidelines for Multinational Enterprises as provided for by our parent company.
“British American Tobacco Nigeria has existed in Nigeria for over 100 years and we are extremely proud of our heritage, the positive relationship we have enjoyed with the Nigerian people and our reputation as an employer of choice”, he explained.