P.M. News (Lagos)

16 December 1998

Nigeria: Daily Times Workers Begin Strike

Lagos — Hundreds of workers of the Daily Times Nigeria Plc, the oldest newspaper group in Nigeria this morning began an indefinite strike action to press home their demand for the payment of five months arrears of=

salaries.

The placard-carrying workers comprising journalists and other employees of the company gathered in front of the company's gate on Lateef Jakande Road, Ikeja.

When P.M. News called at Daily Times office this morning workers were seen with placards with several inscriptions, one of which read: 'Enahoro Must Go'. They chanted slogans against the company's management.

Walls and gates of the company's premises also bore abusive graffiti, against the sole administrator of the company, Peter Enahoro. However, two teams of men of Operation Sweep have already been stationed at the gate of the company to prevent any violence.

The Operation Sweep teams came in two vehicles marked PF 5141 LA and PF 5161 LA. Mr. Kolade Ale, chairman of the National Union of Print Workers, Daily Times chapter, while speaking to journalists said Enahoro worsened the plight of the Daily Times workers in recent months.

"Just imagine how some us will celebrate Christmas without five months salary not to talk of bonus while they (the management) are living as kings." He said the workers have made countless efforts to address the situation in the country's oldest print media organisation but the management has been enslaving its workers without payment of salaries, among other problems.

Meanwhile, the workers said the strike action will never be called off until their demands are met. Efforts to reach the management of the company yielded no result as the gate to the premises was locked and manned by gun-wielding policemen.

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