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Costain Workers Lament Unpaid Salaries

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Some workers and retirees of Costain West Africa Plc have accused the firm of callousness, alleging that the firm has refused to pay their salaries and entitlements for the past 12 months.
The workers and retirees said this on Wednesday when they visited The Punch Place, headquarters of The Punch Newspapers, along Lagos-Ibadan expressway on a protest march.
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protesting workers, a senior staff member of the Construction Association of Nigeria, Lagos Chapter, Mr. Ibraheem Opeola, explained that the company folded up and “ran away with the workers’ unpaid salaries and shares in the company.”
Also speaking, the representative of the retired workers, Mr. Akintola Fatai, complained that for more than six years they had not been paid their pensions, adding that most of them had died along the line.
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The protesting workers and retirees appealed to the Security and Exchange Commission as well as the National Pension Commission to come to their aid, by probing Costain West Africa Plc over their unpaid salaries and entitlements.
When contacted, the Managing Director of Costain West Africa, Mr. Ayodeji Kareem, confirmed to our correspondent on the telephone on Wednesday that the workers and retirees were being owed.
Kareem, however, explained that the non-payment of the workers’ salaries was because the company had not received funds from the government.
Source: Punchng

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