28th February, 2011
Coalition of unpaid textile workers have threatened to boycott the forthcoming 2011 general elections.
The aggrieved workers of Kaduna Textiles limited, Arewa Textiles Plc , Nortex and Finetex limited all based in Kaduna embarked on street protest today demanding President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo to save them from dying of starvation or face boycott of the election should they fail to resolve their problem as soon as possible .
Chairman of the unpaid textile workers, Comrade Wordam Simdik said the President cannot be talking about transformation without considering the plight of workers abandoned without salaries for more than nine years. He however threatened that failure to tackle their problem before March ending will amount to boycotting the general elections.
â€œWe have all registered and we will use our political power to either vote in leaders who have shown sympathy for our plight or vote out leaders that fail to address our long sufferings.â€ Simdik stated.
Comrade Simdik also warned Kaduna Governor, Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa to consider supporting efforts by the management of the closed textile mill to re-open for business now before the elections day or the over sixty thousand unpaid workers will not vote during the elections.
He said a situation where more than two thousand workers have died due to starvation and different kinds of ailments is unfair and disturbing. And called on the federal and state governments to provide adequate power supply.
He also called for waivers to the closed textile mills on water bills, electricity bills and land rents.