Nigeria

Workers salaries’ protest: Verification delaying payment, says WEMPCO

Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe

The management of Western Metal Products Company Limited has said the company is undergoing verification of its payroll, adding that the development is responsible for delay in the payment of workers.

A board member of the company, Dele Alake, who spoke to PUNCH Metro, said an increase in the company’s payroll without an increase in the number of workers prompted the verification.

PUNCH Metro had reported that casual workers of the company’s annex at Magboro, Ogun State, protested against the alleged inability of the management of the company to pay their salaries for over three months.

The protesters, who were in different departments of the company, said there would be no work at the company until the management responded to their demands, including improvement in welfare.

However, Alake refuted the claim that the company owed the workers three months’ arrears, adding that the company only owed three cards which were not equivalent to three months.

He said, “The company pays twice a month through a card payment; the company started the verification because of the nature of our people, who inflate the payroll and doctor the figures anyhow. That was what prompted the verification and of course, with the thousands of staff that work in the company, it is not something that can be done in a day; it has taken a while.

“We started the verification in August and when the verification of the first aspect of August was done, the company paid those that were verified, remaining the second part of August and September.

“By Tuesday, the verification of August will be completed and the second payment will be made, which clears August salaries.

“The company did not owe the workers three months’ salaries, but three cards; and one of the three has been paid. The company has never owed its workers salaries.”

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