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Tue, 07 Nov 2017 11:19 - Updated Tue, 07 Nov 2017 11:19

Former factory workers concerned about lack of social security

Dondo - About 600 former workers of the wine plant Vinelo, based in Dondo locality, Municipality of Cambambe, in the northern Cuanza Norte Province, last Monday manifested their concern about the fact that they are not registered with the National Social Security Institute (INSS).

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Cuanza Norte: Vinelo wine factory

Photo: Diniz Simão

The said workers, most of whom are already at retirement age, expressed high concern about their future and disillusion with the state of abandonment of the Vinelo factory, which is on a standstill since the year 2000, thus laying off about 600 workers.      

Speaking to the press, some of the workers appealed for the rehabilitation of the factory for the re-absorption of the mentioned workers.

Domingos José, one of the workers in that condition and also a trade-unionist, said to journalists that the factory, which has been stopped for the past seventeen years due to the lack of raw material, has to be rehabilitated to help reduce unemployment in the region.

Miguel Vunge, who worked in the human resources department of the Vinelo factory, said that due to the lack of investments the plant has been degrading itself rapidly.

He appealed to the government to tackle this situation as soon as possible, with a view to reactivating the factory, so as to contribute to the financial stability of many families in Dondo locality.  

To Filipe de Andrade, who worked over 42 years for Vinelo, just like many of his colleagues, one of the main concerns is the fact that they have found out that the former workers of this company are not actually registered with the National Social Security Institute (INSS), putting at risk their entitlement to a retirement pension.    

“We’ve been waiting with expectation to see the factory resume works and bring back the joy of its former workers and contribute to the development of Cambambe Municipality”, Filipe de Andrade emphasised.

Meanwhile, contacted by ANGOP, an official with the provincial branch of the INSS, Alcina Manuel, said that the institution did not receive any request for the payment of retirement pension from the workers or the Vinelo company.

In view of this, he called on the former workers of the Vinelo factory to approach the local INSS and find out with details why they did not make any discount for the INSS.

The Vinelo, which was producing wines, liquors and canned food, started operations in the year 1973.

The company began to experience difficulties in 1992, due to the post-election war that had broken out in the country, affecting its cultivation fields in the central Cuanza Sul Province, which used to be the source of Vinelo’s raw material for the production of various processed products, such as canned fruit.

   

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