The Taraba State Authorities has been dragged to the Nationwide Industrial Court docket over its failure to pay 77 months’ wage arrears of 18 workers of the defunct Taraba Publishing Firm Restricted, amounting to N73, 257,715.40k.
Of their assertion of declare, the employees, who’re non-indigenes, alleged that they have been denied salaries for the reason that firm stopped operation in 2014 and that they have been discriminated towards on the premise of their states of origin.
The swimsuit is between the 18 workers who function claimants and the Govt Governor of Taraba State (1st defendant), Taraba State authorities (2nd defendant), The Legal professional-Basic of Taraba State (third defendant), the Taraba State Commissioner of Data (4th defendant) and the Taraba Publishing Firm Restricted (fifth defendant).
In keeping with a witness assertion of the primary claimant, Hosea O. Yunana: “that I’m an worker of Taraba Publishing Firm Restricted, the fifth defendant employed by way of a letter dated 13/3/2012 as confirmed on the 31/1/2014.
“That the fifth defendant, as my employer, is an organization wholly owned and managed by the Taraba State authorities, the 2nd defendant, and the first, third and 4th defendants are officers of the 2nd defendant instantly in charge of the fifth defendant.
“That the defendants unlawfully withheld my salaries and that of my colleagues who’re co-claimants with me on this swimsuit, for 77 months from September 2014 to this very day whereas I nonetheless remained within the service of the fifth defendant.
“That the defendants discriminated towards me and my colleagues/co-claimants on this swimsuit on the premise of our States of origin in refusing to redeploy us in its service and this contravened our proper to Freedom from Discrimination as protected by Part 42 of the structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“That each one efforts made by us to get the defendants to look into our plight proved abortive and futile.
“That we wrote a criticism to the Public Complaints Fee who in flip wrote to the fifth defendant on the matter and the fifth defendant, via its Managing Marketing consultant/Chief Govt Officer (CEO), responded by way of a letter to the Fee dated the 23/5/2018 confirming our story and who additionally connected a listing containing our names, dates of employment and salaries, amongst different data.
“That within the above letter, the Managing Marketing consultant/CEO has confirmed that he has intimate the first defendant, the Govt Governor of Taraba State, on our points and criticism and the governor provoke some steps to deal with them nevertheless it ends there.
“That, via our solicitor, M.Y. Saleh, SAN, we wrote varied letters of demand dated 26 January, 2021 and addressed variously to the Govt Governor of Taraba State, the Secretary to the Taraba State authorities, the Legal professional-Basic and Honourable Commissioner of Justice of Taraba State, the Honourable Commissioner of Data and Reorientation of Taraba State, and the Managing Marketing consultant and Chief Govt Officer of Taraba Publishing Firm Restricted respectively”.
In keeping with the assertion by solicitor to the aggrieved workers, M.Y Saleh, SAN, put ahead the next claims.
“That the refusal of the defendants to pay the salaries and entitlements of the claimants is illegal.
“The sum of N951,398.90k as their collective salaries for every month ranging from February 2021 till judgement is given by this Honourable courtroom.
“The unpaid salaries of the claimants for the 77 months they remained within the service of the defendants with out disengagement which is as follows:
“The sum of N29,881,416.15k, being unpaid salaries for the interval September 2014-March 2017 earlier than the Taraba State authorities absorbed the indigenes of Taraba state.
“The sum of N43,376,299.25k, being unpaid salaries for the interval April 2017-January 2021 after the absorption of indigenes of Taraba State until date when the swimsuit was instituted.
“The full of which quantities to N73,257,715.40k as claimants’ entitlements from the defendants.
“Damages within the sum of N30,000,000.00 for the psychological torture, trauma and hardship the claimants have undergone ready for his or her salaries to be paid and their plights to be addressed”.
In the meantime, the Taraba Publishing Firm Restricted is writer of the now rested Nigeria Dawn Newspaper, established by the Late Danbaba Suntai administration in 2010. It stopped operation shortly after the deadly accident of the then governor in 2014.
DAILYPOST gathered reliably that in 2017, 46 Taraba indigenes of the defunct firm have been absorbed into the state civil service, leaving out 19 workers who’re non-indigenes, a scenario that has generated public condemnation and dissatisfaction by the affected workers.
Nevertheless, Counsel to the plaintiffs stated, the Taraba state authorities has been formally served; however no date has been fastened for listening to.