The Kogi state government has been dragged before the National Industrial Court by the 142 workers placed on compulsory leave since 2011.
The case was filed at the Abuja division of the National Industrial Court by the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical And Recreational Services Employees ( AUPCTRE).
The affected workers who worked at the Kogi State Transport Company Ltd. were summarily asked to proceed on compulsory leave without pay since June 30, 2011.
The circular conveying the government’s decision was signed by the General Manager of the company, Mr Augustine Tokula.
Other defendants in the suit with reference number NICN/ BJ/89/2017 filed before the court on Feb. 7 by their counsel, Mr Aduojo Abah are the state attorney-general and the Kogi State Transport Company Limited.
Abah in the statement of claim is asking the court to compel the state government to pay N388.4 million to the 142 workers , being arrears of their salaries and allowances from Aug. 2011 to Dec. 2016.
Abah is also seeking the court’s order to compel the state government to the payment of N4.8 million monthly to the workers with effect from January, 2017 till the final determination of the suit.
He also requested the court to compel the defendants to immediately allow the workers to resume their duties in the transport company , declaring that their employments still subsist and can only be determined by strict compliance with extant labour laws.
Apart from these reliefs, Abah is demanding N10 million as damages for his clients from the defendants.
All the defendants have 14 days to respond to the complaints lodged against them.