The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State chapter has issued a statement demanding for the sack of that the Managing Director of Daily Independent, Mr. Ted Iwere, with immediate effect over unpaid salaries of up to 23 months.
The statement signed by Deji Elumoye and Bimbo Oyetunde, the chairman and secretary of NUJ respectively, condemned the way workers are being locked out and allegedly harassed by armed officers.
Furthermore, the union threatened to embark on an industrial action if their demands are not hearkened to.
“Despite owing workers of the media outfit 23 months arrears of salaries, frustration and demotion of staff, management holding on to over four million Naira contribution of members to staff cooperative fund and non remittance of pension funds, among others, the Union had explored all avenues to dialogue with the management to resolve the issues but to no avail. Now, all the management feels it can do is to lock out the workers and use the police to intimidate them.
“In view of the above therefore, Lagos NUJ is calling on the for the sack of, Ted Iwere, with immediate effect for gross incompetence, misconduct and unprofessional attitude displayed so far,” the statement read.