Ilorin - Workers in the head office of Kwara State Water Corporation have locked its gate in protest against the non-payment of their salaries for the past four months.
The protesters, under the aegis of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), also barricaded entrances to the office with cars and used tyres in Ilorin on Tuesday
They were also protesting against the non-remittance of co-operative deductions from January to September 2015 amounting to about N70 million and National Housing Fund not remitted to the appropriate quarters since January 2014.
They carried placards with inscriptions as: pay us our salary arrears, we are not fools, give us our rights, no pay, no work and a hungry man is an angry man.
Chairman of AUPCTRE in the state, Gabriel Afolabi, told journalists that the management had refused to remit union dues deducted from salaries since September 2014.
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He said the workers were also being owed eight months areas of N3,000 increments.
Afolabi said the non-payment of their salaries and allowances had had adverse effect on the workers and had led to the death of six members of staff while many were in hospitals.
According to him, the union had written series of letters to the management and the government but did not yield any positive results.
The chairman said 600 workers of the corporation had to resort to the protest to emphasise their demands having explored all other means to let the management listen to them.
Afolabi said the ultimatum the union gave management lapsed on Monday and vowed that the workers will not return to work until their demands were met.
He accused management and the State Government of insensitivity to workers’ plight.
An equipment operator, who said he had put in 28 years in service, said he can no longer provide for his family due to the non-payment of the salaries.
The operator, who pleaded anonymity, said his wife had been responsible for his upkeep, payment of children’s school fees and his transport fares to and from work.
An accountant in the corporation said she could no longer play her role as wife and taking care of her aged parents.