first_imgBy Mustapha Jallow Former workers of the Green Industry, comprising eight women and twomen, visited the Foroyaa office last Wednesday, 18 March, to appealfor the intervention of the authorities to address their plight of nothaving been paid salaries for more than fifteen months.The delegation, which claimed to have been amplifying the  voices  ofnearly one hundred workers who could not all come, also indicated thatthey want to know their fate as workers of this sewing industry whichthey claimed has now closed down.“Before the ‘Koriteh’ feast in 2013, we were invited to state house inBanjul and paid five months of the eight months salary arrears theindustry owed us. Since then, we have been going work without pay upto January 2015 (this year),” said one of the ladies.They said all of them have been struggling to go to work allthroughout this period with the hope that they will be paid theirsalary arrears. “We begged for free lift almost everyday in order togo to work and that when we report for work, they always give ussomething to do,” she explained.She said the majority of them are women some of whom are singleparents who are trying to engage in decent work with a little salaryin order to make ends meet. Some of them, she added, are thebreadwinners in their families who have taken responsibility for themaintenance of their children, siblings and parents as well as payhouse rent and other utilities, etc.“Life has been very tough for me as a mother. For more than fifteenmonths I have been coming to work and going home without any pay atthe end of the month. It was only in late 2014 when the company had acontract, after which we were each given a token sum to take home,”she added.The group also expressed the wish to know their fate as workers of theGreen Industry Company.“No one came to tell us anything about why we were not being paid oursalaries and what is happening with the company. It was only inJanuary this year when we saw some trucks coming to take away all thesewing machines at the place. When they came they only asked us toremove whatever personal belongings we may have there before theyclear the place. It took them three days to remove all the machines,”explained one of the ladies.She added that the place is now being used by others engaged in woodrelated work.“Some of us come all the way from Kombo East and others as far away asBanjul and Kombo South,” said one of the men in the delegation.They said the authorities established the sewing industry for them towork and that this was the reason why they had written a letter tostate house in 2013 to bring their plight to his attention. “The group also claimed that they have been to the Labour department aswell as the Ministry of trade to seek for their intervention but to noavail.The desperate looking women and men said they want the president tointervene so that their salary arrears would be settled now that theplant is closed down.Talking to the Green Industry manager Mr. Sheriff Nyan on phone toenquire about the claims of the workers yesterday, he told thisreporter “they are not my workers and please don’t call me back”.Situated within the premises of the Banjul International Airport, theGreen Industry was engaged in industrial sewing producing uniforms andother outfits for government institutions, including the military,schools as well as private customers.]]>last_img

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