NEWSDAILYNIGERIA: The Nigerian Labour Congress, (NLC) Kaduna state council has strongly protested the continuous non- payment of entitlements of sacked Arewa textiles limited workers iin Kaduna.

The solidarity protest on Friday is part of activities to commomerate the 2022 World Day for Decent Work (WDDW) celebration held on Thursday and Friday in Kaduna.

Speaking the NLC Chairman, Kaduna state council, Comrade Ayuba Magaji Suleiman, said, ” we are here this mornining at the gate of Arewa Textiles limited, to commomerate the International ‘Decent work Day’ and we choose to do one of what labour laws provided, that is piketting,

” we are here to piket this company ( Arewa Textiles) despite the fact that it has been closed down for over 20 years, that’s in 2002, but we felt because we have issues, we have a case with it and we decided to come and piket it

” Why we are here to piket this company is because our members from the Nigerian union of textiles , garment and tailoring workers have issues onbehalf of the former workers of Arewa textiles limited, they have a lingering issue of settlement of entitlements, since when the company was closed down in 2002,

” there’s a liability, terminal benefits and entitlements of our workers, our members, and members of the union that were not settled, so the union picked up and even went into the level of litigation and we have a judgment in favour of our workers,

According to him ” out of 640 million naira that is due for the entitlements of our workers the court agreed to let them have access of 250 million; we are ready to take that money, but up till now that I am talking to you, it has been almost 5 months now the bank who possess the factory, are yet to give us access to that money, so that these workers will be given their entitlements

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Lamenting the excruciatng state and pain this situation this has caused the sacked workers , saying” And I want to inform you that a good number of these people out of 2000 in 2002 when it was closed, over 300 have lost their lives, a good number are incapacitated and some are living in desperation’

While appealing to the consciences of the campany management and authorities to do the needful, saying ” it is even natural, it is on the course of Justice for them to be given their entitlements, for their families and the ones that are deceased

” and that is why we are here today, and you can see it’s a very successful event, it ended peaceful without any rancour as this is our tradition’ he added

The NLC leaders, affiliate unions and representatives of sacked workers were seen carrying placards with several inscriptions such as ‘ Settle Arewa workers entitlement, many workers have died” ‘ They have taken untold millions, that they never toiled to earn” ” Re- industrialize Nigeria now, Create decent mass jobs” Re- open closed factories, create million of jobs, ” freedom only cometh by struggle”, ” No precarious work” among others


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