Workers’ unions grounds activities at THISDAY over unpaid salaries

The leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists and the National Union of Printing, Publishing and Paper Product Workers on Thursday stopped all forms of activities, including printing, in the premises of THISDAY newspaper at its headquarters in Lagos State.
This followed the refusal of the management of the seemingly thriving newspaper to pay the wages of workers, which is in arrears of four months.
The leadership of the NUJ, which had earlier issued an ultimatum to the management of media houses owing staff salaries to pay up, arrived at the premises of THISDAY early on Thursday to enforce its position of no pay, no work.
It was learnt that ongoing work at the printing section of the media house, located in Apapa area of Lagos State, was stopped by the unions.
It was learnt that the printing of the inserts of Friday’s edition of the newspaper, owned by boisterous businessman, Nduka Obaigbena, was in progress.
The staff on duty were made to abandon the work.
As was reported earlier by The Eagle Online, Obaigbena was owing the staff four months salaries.
However, after a series of stories on the issue of the salary arrears, which stood then at four months, Obaigbena paid one month, with a promise to complete the payment in no time.
But after that, no other salary has been paid, with the debt returning to four months again.
Obaigbena was not available for comments on the issue.
A text message to his phone, over six hours before the publication of the story, remained unattended to.