Scores of staff of the popular Game Store in Lagos commenced an indefinite industrial action on Thursday.
The workers are protesting alleged breach of contract by the management.
A source told DAILY POST that there was an initial agreement that monthly earnings would be increased from June 30, 2020.
But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he said they reasoned with the company that salary increment during the period would be difficult considering the adverse effects.
Both parties agreed that the upward review of pay would be effected one year later – June 30, 2021
He said this understanding was despite the fact that the government listed Game Store as one of essential service providers.
The President Muhammadu Buhari administration and Lagos authorities allowed supermarkets, logistics companies, restaurants, bakeries, fillings stations, among others to operate during the lockdown.
The insider expressed sadness that despite accepting the plea by Game Store, the leadership failed to honour the pact – increasing their salaries from June 30, 2021.
He said the increment agreed prior to the 2020 agreement was N14,000 on top of each workers’ salary.
The source said most workers have been around N33,000 monthly and that they wanted double the amount – an additional N33,000.
“But the management told us that they can only add N3,455. Please, is such an amount fair for people who stood by a company during coronavirus lockdown.
“Our resolution is that from today, July 8, we will not work until our demands are met. We have called the attention of our parent organization, Trade Union Congress (TUC).
“Until the TUC and Game Store agree on proper remuneration for us, our protest will continue. With this type of economy, N33,000 only for persons with families and dependents is wicked and unjust”, he fumed.
Several calls by DAILY POST to the phone number of Uduak Okon, Game Country Manager returned “forwarded”.
Gabriel Okagbare, Store Manager of Game Store on Victoria Island, venue of the protest, refused to comment.
“Basically, I cannot really give any information because I’m not authorized by the management to speak to the press with regards to anything pertaining to the company”, he replied.
When informed that the number of Mr. Okon wasn’t connecting, Okagbare said he suspects the top official’s number has been busy due to the demonstration.
“That’s the number I have too, everybody has been on call. We’ve been in meetings over this matter. Only the management is authorized to speak”, the senior staff said.
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