Workers of the New Nigerian Newspapers yesterday staged a peaceful protest in Kaduna over the non payment of their 12 months salaries!! The workers, who staged the protest at the entrance of the company on Ahmadu Bello way, accused the Northern Governors Forum (NGF) of insensitivity.
They barred placards with various inscriptions such as, "FG pay NNN liability and pension", "No poverty alleviation in the North", "We are dying" etc.
Addressing newsmen during the protest, chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalist in the company, Ibrahim Adamu urged the Northern Governors Forum to come out with sincere measures that could aid payment of their salaries. He said since the commencement of the strike, five staff have died.
"The governors should come out with sincere measures aimed at ensuring payment of our salaries and set in motion necessary machinery for the privatisation of the company for effective management, and or other measures deemed necessary to keep the company afloat. We are law abiding Nigerians and that is why we have been patient all this while. However, our patience has been over stretched. Please pay our salaries and stop toying with our lives," he said.
Daily Trust reports that the workers embarked on strike last February as a result of non payment of their 10 months salaries, which has now increased to 12 months.
I mean seriously, 12 months?? when does negligence turn into wickedness if people can go unpaid for 12 months? And at which point after not being paid for a job you are doing do you think, may be I should look for another job rather than accumulate bills I cannot pay for?