Unpaid salaries: Legal tussle between leadership, ex-staff commences Oct 10

Jamil Gulma
Jamil Gulma
Legal tussle between leadership, ex-staff to commence 10th October

The national industrial court, has fixed October 10, to commence hearing between leadership newspaper and it’s former staff over seven years unpaid emoluments.

7 year unpaid emoluments: Ex- leadership staff to take coy to court

Spokesman of the former staff, Mr. Jamil Gulma told our correspondent that the industrial court has fixed October 10 for mentioning of the case as judges are currently on vacation.

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He noted that following years of the company’s lethargy to attend to their demands for compensation of their seven years legitimate earnings, they deemed it fit to resort to the courts as the last hope of the common man.

“Some of the unpaid staff had spent up to seven years working for the company without receiving a dime leading to their resignation.

“The situation has forced a number of them to withdraw their children from school, while others find it difficult to even put food on the table for their respective families.

“Despite all pleas, leadership has remained blind to our yearnings and we felt the only way for us is to resort to the courts as the only hope of the common man,” he said.

He noted that in their move to ensure the amicable resolution of the issue, the affected staff employed the service of an Abuja based solicitor to plead for the payment of the backlog of the salaries and emoluments in vein since 2017.

“Our solicitor in the last seven years has been pleading with the company, but in its usual haughty mannerism, leadership blatantly shunned all pleas to pay us off. At different times in the past, the company has made promises to effect payment of our seven years backlog of salaries only to fulfill them in the breach.

“Over the years, leadership earned notoriety in double standards. While it frowns at the corruption perpetrated by others, it conveniently ignored the odious corruption it perpetrates.

“It is the height of irresponsibility for an organization with a saintly public deportment to be rooted in gargantuan corruption and misdemeanor like the one taking place in leadership to the extent one will be forgiven to say corruption and pervertion are the new set of leadership intrinsic values.

“We are tired of this deceit and as such we resorted to take the company to industrial court to reclaim our unpaid entitlements.

“It is trite that an organization which touts the promotion of rule of law as one of its core credo will trample on the very cause it is supposed to be championing.

“Leadership cannot claim to be championing the cause of the downtrodden when the stench of lawlessness oozes from its underbelly.

“Despite pleas from some of the former staff of severe difficulties and depressions as a result of the inclement economic conditions, leadership has continued to pay lip service to our legitimate demands to be fully compensated.

“We never had it in mind to take the company to conventional court or even to the court of public opinion, but the company’s blatant disregard for our rights made it imperative to take the action. Leadership will surely has its day in court. History is always on the side of the repressed,” he said.


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