The workers of Raymond Dokpesi and his Daar Group have resorted to publicly protest and beg President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and rescue them from an imminent death due to hunger.
Since the departure of former President, Goodluck Jonathan administration, life has become a living hell as it has now become obvious that AIT has been secretly funded by the past administration hence the recent bankruptcy and inability to pay staff.
The staff claimed that the management have refused to pay their salary and alleged that the non-payment of salaries was a deliberate action from the management.
Armed with placards displaying various anti-management slogans, the workers lamented that the management had also concluded plans to lay off some of the workers.
The protesting staff alleged that the management was prepared to replace permanent workers with contract appointments, adding that the steps were anti-labour law.
One of the workers who craved anonymity claimed that the salary for August, 2014 was paid on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, adding that when the management pays any month’s salary, it would take another five months before another payment will be made.
“There has been no communication or excuse whatsoever from management for non-payment of staff salary. When they pay for one month, it will take about four to five months before another payment will be made,”
“A lot of people have left the organisation due to this problem while more people are planning to leave; yet the management are not bothered.
“We feel the non-payment is deliberate because the money is there but we are not been paid.
“The non-payment is inflicting suffering on us because we have families that we cannot cater for, we find it difficult to feed, pay our children’s school fees, house rent and other utility bills,” he said.
He called on the Nigerian Union of journalist and the federal government to look into the matter as it was fast becoming unbearable.
“We are really suffering and some of us cannot quit our jobs because there are no available jobs out there” he concluded.