In their quest to seek immediate justice,the New Nigerian Newspapers(NNN) workers led by its Joint Union leaders have on Tuesday 12th February, 2019 embarked on a protest to draw the urgent attention of its owners,the nineteen Northern Stares – under the auspices of the Northern States Governor’s Forum (NSGF) to its lingering plights.
The peaceful demonstration which transpired within the premise’s of the company is purposely to motivate the NSGF to expedite action and pay the workers their unpaid entitlements soonest.
It would be recalled that series of agitations preceded the most recently organized one in the relentless pursuit of entitlements the workers have long been denied of.
The aforementioned challenge entails many plights which are categorically too numerous to mention and place the workers in unimaginable condition, include; unpaid salaries which accumulated as back log of more than five years. Other due entitlements are; salary differences emanating from non implementation of series of salary increments made by successive government’s, Gratuities, Allowances such as Housing, Leave Grants,etc and extremely important, the computation of pension and its inclusion in the entitlements both in Arrears and Buyout or wholesomely the latter.
Lamenting the myriads of problems which reduced the NNN workers to their knees, Malam Iliyasu Gambo, a unionist and a worker in his responds to newsmen decried. “It is is sad that our children cannot go to school because we cannot afford school fees,most of them are now dropouts. Our families are hunger stricken and the resultant food deficiencies rendered many to I’ll health which we don’t have the means to afford health needs. Consequent upon the said perils, many died of diverse protracted illness, not to mention those who could not withstand and committed suicide, numerous are handicapped by paralysis”
NNN workers are urgently seeking the attention of the NSGF to expedite action and rescue them from the perilous circumstances which demands the NSGF’ s order or instruction. Earlier, the process of payment of the entitlements was hindered by court injunction restricting the payments owing to a legal suit, now withdrawn thus paving way for the payment to commence by liquidating few asset commensurate with the amount equivalent to the entitlements till date or the month the payment would be made as earlier recommended by the NSGF. They plead that the due instruction and order should be issued soonest being the only phase of the entire process left undone thus lingering their hardships..