National Union of Textile Workers has expressed concern over the non-payment of the N687,073,346 entitlements being owed its members, who lost their jobs following the closure of the Kaduna Textiles Limited, KTL, about 10 years ago, by the 19 northern states.
They also raised an alarm over what they described as “the continued vandalisation of the properties of KTL, which is causing anxiety on the part of our members as to the future of the company.”
This was contained in a statement issued by the General Secretary of the association, Mr. Issa Aremu in Kaduna yesterday, entitled Northern Governors should heed the call for settlement of entitlement of workers of KTL and re-opening of the factory.
The statement read in part: “We are equally worried with the continued delay in settlement of the entitlements of KTL workers by its owner—the 19 northern states of the Federation.
“The union had since September 2005 obtained a court judgment for settlement of the entitlements of the workers.”
These workers have suffered untold hardship due to non-payment of their benefits since the unilateral closure of the factory in 2002.
“Unfortunately, the management and owners of the company are yet to settle the terminal benefits of the workers in spite of repeated appeals, prayers, rallies and protests by the union.”