Mass Sack Looms At Thisday

By Gilbert Alasa.
Indications emerged on Friday that many staff of Thisday Newspapers have been sacked  following a memo on Tuesday terminating the appointment of staff, not “on duty and working”, when the publisher, Nduka Obaigbena arrived the Lagos office of the company.
Obaigbena, in the memo titled: “Every important staff notice,” and dated February 23, 2016 addressed to the senior staff of the company, said all staff whose names were not listed on the compiled list would no longer get salaries and should no longer considered as staff of the company.
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Sources say many staff of the company who are allegedly being owed about eleven months have not been reporting regularly in the office as a result of financial challenges.
Some editorial staff have reportedly resorted to reporting in the Lagos office only on their production days.
More staff, it was gathered, have started reporting at their duty post following last Tuesday’s memo while those whose names were not on the list are making efforts to defend their absence from work on the day the list was compiled.
“Following a continuous and continuing spot check which climaxed today on Lagos staff on duty and working, please find below a list of bonafide Non – Editorial Lagos Staff of Thisday Newspapers,” the memo reads.

“Those not on the list below cease to be staff of the company except they show with documentary evidence why they were not, and have not been at work. Editorial Staff have to show work with proof of stories filed and published tonight. Therefore only those listed below will be on the next payroll. If not listed, please conclude your disengagement process with the Admin department.​”

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