A coalition of labor rights groups on Wednesday, August 15, protested outdoors the Taipei Metropolis Corridor, Taiwan, demanding town examine the death of a Nigerian man discovered lifeless at a Hwang Chang Basic Contractor Co construction site.
Nwagbo John Ugochukwu, 55, was discovered lifeless at a construction site for the brand new Huannan Market in Wanhua District on the morning of July 30, Taiwan Worldwide Employees’ Affiliation (TIWA) chairwoman Susan Chen mentioned.
Whereas the corporate denied having employed Ugochukwu, who had entered Taiwan in June on a one-month vacationer visa, Chen mentioned the affiliation was informed by a employee that the Nigerian had been working at the construction site.
The employee, who most well-liked to stay nameless, added that the corporate might need tampered with proof to evade accountability, she mentioned.
“Primarily based on what we had been informed, Ugochukwu fell from the primary basement stage to the second basement stage, however the firm informed police and labor inspection officers that he had fallen from the second ground to the primary and that it occurred in a stairwell.”
The affiliation additionally alleged that the corporate might need deleted the safety footage of the incident.
“So far as we all know, instantly following the incident, Hwang Chang known as the safety firm and did one thing with the footage. Later, police informed me there was no footage of the incident,” she mentioned.
Furthermore, they suspected there may be extra individuals working illegally for the corporate.
“The federal government has not authorised any program permitting the corporate to rent migrant employees, however many migrant employees have been seen working at the construction site. It’s unclear whether or not they had been firm staff transferred from different construction websites or in the event that they had been unlawful immigrants,” Chen mentioned.
The Taipei Division of Labor shouldn’t solely examine the case, however make sure that the essential human rights of migrant employees and unlawful immigrants are protected, she mentioned.
“We would like the reality about his death, in order that he could relaxation in peace. He might need been an unlawful immigrant, however he was additionally a human being. His physique is now being dealt with like that of an unidentified individual — left at the Taipei Metropolis Mortuary Companies Workplace’s Second Funeral Parlor,” she mentioned.
Hwang Chang issued an announcement saying that Ugochukwu had entered the construction site by mistake and injured himself after slipping.
He died after being despatched to a hospital, it mentioned.
Ugochukwu was not an worker of Hwang Chang nor its companion companies, it mentioned, including that it’s going to by no means illegally rent overseas employees.
The corporate will take full accountability for the incident. it has contacted the Taipei Commerce Workplace of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and different businesses, and can work on bettering security at its construction websites.
Requested if the corporate had tampered with proof, an organization consultant mentioned it has been working with police on the case and can’t remark whereas the investigation is ongoing.
After police have recognized the trigger of death, the Division of Labor will examine whether or not Ugochukwu had been illegally employed and if there have been points of office security concerned, division Secretary Chang Chien-kuo mentioned.