***Neptune Prime has begun a compilation of sacked and owed Leadership Newspapers’ workers as the Nigerian Union of Journalists issues final warning to the medium’s management.
Neptune Prime reports that many members of staff are owed up to two years and more of salaries and entitlements, while the management blatantly refuses to make amends.
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Friday wrote the management of Leadership Newspapers to consider a peaceful resolution of the nagging issues so as not to tamper with the subsisting industrial harmony between it and the Union.
In a strongly worded letter addressed to the Group Managing Director, Leadership Newspapers, Utako, Abuja, the NUJ said it had to write the organisation requesting an urgent intervention in clearing its members’ arrears of salaries that had accumulated for more than eight (8) months.
According to the letter signed by the NUJ National Secretary, Malam Shu’aibu Usman Leman and made available to Neptune Prime, the NUJ urged the management of Leadership Newspapers to do the needful to ensure that the waiting and anxiety of members of the Union are appreciated by the management.
Usman further said: “In the interest of industrial peace in the media sector, good labour relations and justice, you will do the needful to ensure that the waiting and anxiety of our members in your organization all this while without recourse to any action is very well noted and appreciated by management.
“We have also noted that some of our members that you either sacked or frustrated into resigning have not been paid their entitlements. This must be done immediately.
“Our Demands: Consequent to this, we wish to make a final demand to you to consider a peaceful resolution of the nagging issue so as not to tamper with the subsisting industrial harmony between your organization and the NUJ.”
It will be recalled that the Publisher of Leadership Newspapers, Mr Sam Nda Isiah, with the slogan ‘Big Ideas’ once aspired for Nigeria’s presidency claiming he wanted to make life easy for Nigerians, enthrone justice and fairness in governance as well as improve socioeconomic well being of workers.
Meanwhile, the NUJ’s warning comes at a time Neptune Prime is calling on all affected members of staff of Leadership Newspapers to contact it on firstname.lastname@example.org so as to have a comprehensive list after which the next phase of action will be undertaken. As it is now, apart from few and far in-between legal actions by some affected staff, only Malam Mohammed Bello, a former Editor of Leadership Friday, who was discourteously dismissed, has shown resolve to fight the use and dump, slave trade usage of staff by the medium.