Zaria Industries staff protest company closure, non-payment of salaries

The workers accused the management of the company of misappropriation of funds


The staff of Zaria Industries Limited on Thursday protested the closure of the company and non- payment of their salaries for six months.

The workers also demanded the payment of gratuity of some former staff that died or were retired in the last 10 years.

The company was closed down by the Managing Director, Ilyas Saleh, in October to forestall revolt by the workers.

Scores of workers presented their 17-point demand to the Board of Directors of the company, which met on Thursday morning.

The spokesman of the protesters, Abubakar Abdu, told the Chairman of the board, Gidado Idris, that the workers had been “pushed to the wall.” He said their decision to protest was due to the lukewarm attitude of the company’s management towards addressing their plight, in spite of several complaints.

Abdu also accused the management of siphoning funds meant for the growth and development of the company as well as workers’ welfare.

He said, “Many have not received gratuity for more than 10 years.

“As you can see here, there are many women whose husbands died, leaving many children behind without anything to cater for their wellbeing,” he added.

Responding, the board chairman assured the workers that their complaints would be looked into with a view to providing lasting solutions to them.

Mr. Idris advised then to remain peaceful and law abiding at all times while pursuing their rights.


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