30th June, 2010
In protest against non payment of his nine months salary by Kaduna Furniture and Carpet Company, KFCC, a Hungarian Thomas Merkli has embarked on hunger strike until his salary is paid.
Narrating his experience to P.M.NEWS at the premises of the company today, Merkli said he cannot understand why he would continue to work without salaries while the company is making money from sales of his designs.
The Technical Production Manager told P.M.NEWS that he stopped work when the backlog of salaries owed him rose to $20,000.
He also hinted that survingÂ as a foreigner in the last 9 months without salary in the countryÂ has been ‘hecticÂ and frustrating’.
Narrating further, Merkli said he reported the case to the KFCC Board Chairman, AlhajiÂ Mamman Daura, who promised to facilitate payment of the salary, but six weeks after, nothing has been done.
Efforts to talk to the company’s management proved futile as the General
Manager, Abdulmutallab Dauda, was not available on two occasions when P.M.NEWS visited.
â€”Femi Adi/ Kaduna