AUTOBATE demands alleged 30-month salary arrears from GALBA Nigeria Plc
The Automobile, Boatyards, Transport Equipment and Allied Senior Staff Association (AUTOBATE) has called on GALBA Nigeria Plc, to stop attacking its workers and pay them their 30 months’ salary arrears.
It alleged over 15 workers lost their lives, while life has been made unbearable for others.
The union, therefore, resolved to stage a mass protest on Workers Day to press home their demands from GALBA Nigeria Plc, a company owned by General T. Y. Danjuma.
National Secretary of AUTOBATE, Sola Olorunfemi, called on the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and other workers unions to join in solidarity, as they were determined to continuous the protest until GALBA pays the workers their 30 months salary arrears and emoluments.
He said the director of the company, Dauda Danjuma, stated that the company could not meet the financial projections for 2016/2017, as the reason for earlier owing the workers 19 months salary.
He further described the excuse as weak and pathetic, as it shows that the company put profit before the workers needs, stressing that 11 months later; the company was still owing the workers for an upward of 30 months.
Olorunfemi lamented that Danjuma was insincere and do not care about the workers’ welfare as against his claims in the published defense in some national dailies.
He alleged that the company also threatened to exterminate unionism because the owners argue that was the only medium through which the workers could collectively demand and fight for their rights.
“This is a deliberate attack on the GALBA workers by the owners. This anomaly has put the workers in a terrible condition and has made life unbearable for them. This is an unfair to the workers that create wealth that the Danjumas enjoy.
“Over 15 of the workers have died and many of those who are still alive cannot afford their house rents or children’s school fees. Many of them are homeless and their children are out of schools,” he said.
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