One of Africa’s richest men, a retired soldier, a politician and multi-millionaire businessman and philanthropist, T.Y Danjuma, is currently facing allegations of wage theft, following failure of one of his companies, GALBA Ltd to pay it’s workers 19 months wages of hardwork.
According to the workers, T.Y Danjuma began owing them from 2015 till date, a situation that has led to their Children dropping out of schools, overdue rent, death of about five (5) of it’s workers, and many unfortunate events.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Labour Congress, (NLC) Trade Union Congress (TUC) and United Action for Democracy (UAD) have picketed Galba Nigerian Plc., for its failure to pay its workers.
The protest which was organised in Port Harcourt by staff members of Automobile, Boatyards, Transport Equipment and Allied Senior Staff Association, was to press down the demand for the payment of the salaries of the workers.
Staff members of the company accused the firm of negligence, noting that the firm had money and running contracts but had refused to pay their workers.
Speaking, the General Secretary of AUTOBATE, Mr. Sola Olorunfemi, said every effort made to bring the company to the dialogue table for discussion failed.
Olorunfemi said “We came all the way from Lagos after all efforts to engage the Galba management in meaningful discussion proved abortive. They owe the workers since 2015 November. We have made the TUC in River State to dialogue with the company over this matter.
“But the management has been playing pranks for over 18 months now in order not to get this salaries paid. The union check-up dues deducted from the salaries of the workers since 2010 have not been remitted to the union and it’s a criminal act.
“We have recorded about five persons dead over the level of suffering inflicted on the workers by the company. We sent a message to the owner of the company, T Y Danjuma about the wickedness of the management; we are yet to get reply.
“We will hold this company hostage, there will be no practical operation in this premises until our demand are met. The company has money, they even have an on-going contract but they don’t want to pay the workers.”