Some workers of the Cameroon Development Corporation, CDC banana sector in Tiko, South West region of Cameroon have been on strike since this early Friday January 3, 2020 over close to two years of unpaid dues.

Reports say the workers of the Corporation which suffers from the escalating Anglophone crisis in the region gathered at the entrance of the Office in Likomba this Friday morning, demanding for their unpaid dues.

According to the protesting workers most of whom are from the security Department, their anger grew up when they discovered that the Corporation had paid workers from other Departments.

This is not the first time workers of this Corporation from the Banana section go on strike over unpaid salaries.

It should be recalled that due to the insecurity brought about by the Anglophone crisis in the region, many workers are reported to have abandoned their duty posts leading to a drop in productions at the Plantation.

The ongoing Anglophone crisis has affected the corporation negatively. This is not the first time workers of the corporation are going on strike over unpaid wages.

The corporation has been suffering a lot ever since the crisis intensified.

CDC suffers from the crisis

In 2018, the manager of the  Corporation , Cameroon’s largest employment provider after the government, asks the state to take measures to secure its activities which are seriously threatened by the crisis in the Anglophone region.

Our activities are affected by the socio-political crisis in the Northwest and Southwest. We thank the authorities for their support but we want to restate once again that we are seriously threatened”, Franklin Ngoni Njie, director of CDC said during a medal awarding ceremony presided by the minister of works and social security  Grégoire Owona.

The managing director stated that apart from human losses (2 employees killed in the crisis according to the government daily), the company’s properties are being destroyed and its activities have slowed down.

In 2019, the General Manager Franklin Ngoni Njie says more than half of his 20,000 workers – fearing attacks – refuse to work, while the remainder work only part-time.

“If you look at the economy of the area, what else do we have? CDC every month directly in form of salaries and wages is 2.2 billion {CFA} francs every month,” Njie said. “All of that activity is dead.”

Cameroon’s agriculture minister, Gabriel Mbairobe, says the government is negotiating with staff to resume work. He says the government will assure their safety and settle the past year of unpaid salaries.