Two Ex-Workers Sue Daily Times for Unpaid Salary Arrears

Two ex-workers of Daily Times of Nigeria Plc have asked the National Industrial Court in Lagos to compel the firm to pay them their accumulated salary arrears of N910, 000 each.

Uzuakpundu Nduka Patrick and Scott Babatunde, both journalists, are also seeking an order compelling the firm to pay them N40, 000 each as one month salary in lieu of notice of disengagement.

In their August 10 statement of claim, the claimants averred that they worked for the Defendant between November 17, 2014 until they were disengaged on August 11 and 12, 2016, respectively.

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The letters of disengagement, they said, were retrospectively dated August 4, 2016.
They said Daily Times, by letters of October 13, 2014, appointed each of them as Copy Editors with a monthly total remuneration of N120, 000 each following which they resumed duty on November 17, 2014.

However, the firm issued them new letters of appointment as ‘Reporters’ on November 27, 2015 but with effect from December 1, 2015, which “entailed a massive downward review of our total monthly remuneration from N120,000 to N40,000.”

The claimants stated that throughout the subsistence of their employment with the defendant, payment of salary was irregular and haphazard.

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This, they averred resulted in an accumulated salary debt of N910,000 each, owed them by the defendant consisting of N120,000 unpaid salaries from November 17, 2014 till August 11and 12, 2016, respectively.

The defendant is yet to file a defence.