The Federal Capital Territory, FCT chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, has expressed outrage and disgust at the crude labour practices been exhibited by the new management of Leadership Newspapers and National Economy.
It wondered why, staff, who have been working in the Organisation for a very long time, with huge backlog of salaries, pension and other entitlements unpaid would be sacked, without first sorting out the issue of what is due to them.
This was contained in a letter from the FCT NUJ Secretariat, dated 2nd April, 2021, and signed by Emmanuel Ogbeche and Ochiaka Ugwu, Chairman and Secretary of chapter.
The secretariat acknowledged that, while it is within the prerogative of the management of LEADERSHIP to lay-off workers for various reasons, it would not fold its arms and allowed its members, who have over the years, gone through harrowing experiences in the hands of past management, to be humiliated in such a manner again,
It urged the management to as a matter of urgency revisit the process with the view to compute and pay what is due to the lay-off workers.
The Union described as insultive, unjust, unthinkable and untenable, the one month pay in lieu of notice as insultive and untenable, and hand the recalcitrant Leadership management a week grace to comply.
It would be recalled that following the sudden demise of the Chairman and founder of Leadership Group, Sam Nda-Isaiah, few months ago, a new management took over the running of the Organisation and since then, all hell have been let loosed.