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Textile workers demand unpaid entitlements
Jun '09
Demanding unpaid entitlements totaling to about N687 million, hundreds of former workers of the Kaduna Textile Limited (KTL) held a demonstration in the company premises. The entitlements have been demanded from the governors of the 19 northern states who are the owners of the collapsed textile company.

The plots of land belonging to the company in Barnawa, Kaduna South Local Government Area were being sold by the company management. The KTL workers also alleged that the proceeds from these sales have not been used by the management in settling the entitlements of the workers who have been without work since the company's closure in 2002.

The demonstration was held under the aegis of the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN) and was led by their Senior Deputy General Secretary, Mr. Alhaji Umaru Mohammad, who said that the Northern Governors Forum (NGF) could help to settle the entitlements of the workers by mobilizing resources to revive the Kaduna Textiles in the manner same as that of the previous NGF had done to salvage Bank of the North.

He further said that despite efforts made by the unions, the management and the owners have not settled unpaid emoluments of workers. It is disgusting to dispose off the properties of the company to unknown persons allegedly by some members of the management, he added.

Mr. Mohammad said that selling KTL plots of land illegally, is bad, but not using the proceeds from the sales to settle the unpaid dues of the workers is worse. According to him, it has been noticed by the workers that the issue of Kaduna textiles and industrial development has still not completely featured in NGF's agenda in the current dispensation.

He pointed out that the long suspension from work and making KTL workers to face poverty and impoverishment, due to which many of the workers had died to starvation and hunger.

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