Unionists, LWC management disagree on tax, pension deductions, others
The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) and the management of Lagos Water Corporation (LWC) have disagreed over remittances of employee taxes, cooperatives, pensions and union dues deducted from their salaries at source.
Speaking to journalists during the solidarity match to Alausa and the corporation’s headquarters in Ijora, Lagos, the union leaders, led by Lagos chapter chairman, Opaleye O. Taiwo, and secretary, Abiodun Bakare, also accused the management of non-payment of productivity bonuses and other allowances.
They alleged that the management had failed to remit their pensions and other deduction to the appropriate quarters from June 2011 to July 2015 but spent a whopping N24million to clear grasses and another N70 million to renovate the offices of the managing director and that of his personal assistant.
“While management engages in this profligacy, the 48 mini and micro waterworks are not producing water effectively, as less than 10 of them were working.
“As a result, the corporation produces between 26 and 27 million litres of water daily for distribution to the entire Lagos State because the equipment are not producing maximally.
“Revenues have also reduced from N100 million to between N50 and N60 million monthly as a result of obsolete equipment and constant power failure, among other systemic challenges,” they said.
But responding to the claims, Managing Director of the corporation, Engr. Muminu Adekunle Badmus, told The Guardian that the allegations were not true, adding that management had engaged the union leaders at several fora on the issues raised with regard to resolving them as time and revenues permit.
Speaking in company of Head, Finance and Accounts, Dada Adefolaju; Head, Admin/Human Resources, Sheriff Akinpelu and Company Secretary, Lanre Fashola, he restated the corporation’s resolve to improve the provision of water to Lagos residents and improve the welfare of employees with time, insisting that management had paid the corporation’s retirees from its revenues.
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