(Buea-Cameroon)The Cameroon Development Corporation, CDC, second largest employer after the State, has announced plans to commence the payment of worker’s salaries, following a protest march that was staged by disgruntled workers in some units in the Tiko plain on November 19.
Following the protest, the corporation issued a press release, in which it stated that the General Manager recognises the plight of workers who are confronted with untold suffering as a result of the impact of the ongoing socio-political crisis.
Recalling the protest action, and the grievances expressed by protesting workers, CDC’s management stated that “The present upheavals come at a time when Management is making all efforts and has put in place concrete measures to gradually commence with the payment of wages for the month of September 2019”. The release further stated that “The Management of the CDC seizes this opportunity to thank the workers for their perseverance and steadfastness in the face of this difficult time in the life of the Corporation. Management equally appreciates the Administration and Security Forces for standing by the CDC in these difficult times”.
To the workers, the CDC’s press released said “General Management enjoins all the workers to remain calm and hopeful as we continue to look up to the State who is the sole owner of the CDC to provide a lasting solution to the problem. While we empathize with the workers, it is worthy to remind ourselves that this precarious situation brought by the crisis in the Southwest and Northwest Regions will only find a lasting solution through our progressive and uncompromising resolve to resume work on the Estates. General Management calls on the entire workforce to continue to work collaboratively towards CDC’s common goal, which is resuming work in the plantations.”
The Anglophone crisis, which has dragged on for three years and running, has crippled many businesses, including the CDC, whose workers have consistently been attacked, and some of its installations burnt by suspected separatist fighters, whose main aim has been to ground state-controlled businesses in the conflict-stricken Anglophone regions of Cameroon. The attacks on the CDC forced it to groundwork on its farms and factories and consequently led to the suspension of workers’ salaries for over a year.