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Strike Or Stop Working – How Do You Enforce Payment of Salaries?

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Earlier on in the week on my way to work, I was listening to the news headlines on the radio and there was a report of a proposed strike action by the doctors in Lagos State. It was the same issue again – workers pay/benefits not being paid. One of the radio presenters said that the doctors should have learnt over the years that strike actions were ineffective and as such they should consider other means of trying to get their employer to do the right thing.

It got me thinking about the issue of non-remuneration of staff. In my little understanding of basic contracts and labour law, when you sign the contract of service, you are saying that you agree to work under the agreed terms in exchange for  a certain remuneration.  It is by virtue of this agreement/contract that you go to work and discharge your duties diligently (or otherwise for lazy, ineffective folk) In exchange for this service rendered, you’re contractually entitled to be paid. Or so we believe.

Recently, my friend, Avese tendered her resignation letter as the office administrator of an establishment in Abuja because she was tired of being owed her monthly pay by her employers. The situation had gotten so bad that the employers would empty the company account for either their charity organization projects or for a jet off to the middle east when the month was drawing to an end. As she was the administrator, she was constantly having to explain to staff why management was unable to pay as and when due. She complained that there was no time she had been paid earlier than 18 days into the next month. She said those were good months.  She had been battling with the decision to  resign; because when she first told them at home that she was tired of constantly having to beg for her salary she was reminded of how tough the job market was.

“If you resign now, will you now sit at home? Isn’t this better than being jobless? At least with this one, you know something will still come in.”

One month, she rebelled and decided not to go until she was paid. It worked.  As she lamented to me, I was very sad. I have never experienced being owed my salary before. In fact, in my former office, I remember how my boss would write a personal cheque for our salary in the event the firm didn’t make enough money to pay salaries. In my current office, my boss is very ethical and she does NOT play with such things. I’m grateful.

However, it makes me wonder if I was in that situation what I’d do! Would I resign?  Would I suffer in silence for months? How do people with dependants cope when they’re not paid for 3 months, 4 months… 7 months? THE HORROR! How is your staff expected to transport himself to work if he’s being owed? It should be fair to say that such a person may well be within his rights if he doesn’t show up at work as you haven’t fulfilled your part of the contractual obligation.

Someone said that the problem arises especially with the “New Age Entrepreneur” who promises a lot of money and allowances… higher than the business can sustain. The New Age Entrepreneur then realizes that the business is not turning over the proposed profits and as such overheads such as wages and salaries cannot be covered.  At this point, the New Age Entrepreneur expects the staff to “understand” that the business is not making money “shebi you too can see we didn’t really sell this month“.

Honestly, what is the solution to this problem? As an employee, will you leave if you’re being owed your monthly salary? Would you sit it out and hope for the best? Do you believe in strike actions as a way of forcing your employer to pay up as and when due? As an employer, do you have a justification for delaying the staff salaries? Would you write a personal cheque to cover staff salaries in the event the business is not making enough money to pay? Is there a reason why you should owe your employees for such a protracted period of time? Is it fair to say that the employee is well within his/her right not to show up at work if you are owing?

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Avoid These Nigerians Food To Burn Stubborn Belly Fat (Video)

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Being overweight or obese can be detrimental to your health. It is not advisable to have excess fat in the abdominal cavity because it can lead to some health issues. Getting your dream body will not be easy and you need to make some sacrifices to your diet. You will also need to turn a blind eye to some fatty foods.

If you’re ready to get rid of the belly fat, then stay put as Information Nigeria brings you some important tips that will help.

1. Avoid sugar and carbonated drinks

Did you know that consuming sugary substances like coke, fanta can lead to weight gain and a number of health problems like high blood pressure?. This is due to the high fructose content found in added sugars. Taking sugar-filled drinks may slow your metabolism and this in turn can make it harder for your body to burn fat. Fructose can only be metabolized by your liver. When you consume too much, you push your liver to its limit and it becomes overloaded, then it turns the fructose into fat and it ends up getting stored in your belly. To avoid putting yourself from risk, you should cut back on foods and drinks that contain huge amounts of sugar.

 

2. You also have to forgo junk foods like meat pie, cakes, rolls, candies, burgers, ice cream and cookies. You also need to do away with heavy foods like eba, akpu, pounded yam, rice among others. Switch up your eating habits and opt for a more balanced-diet if you want to burn your belly fat. Avoid consuming refined carbs like bread, pizza, potation chips etc. You should also stay away from processed and heavy foods because they contribute to stubborn belly fat. You should choose to eat proteinous foods like fish, eggs, and milk. starch contains fat, sugar and salt. They help a person feel fuller so you don’t end up looking for something to munch on after eating. It basically keeps hunger at bay.

3. Eat the right amount of fruits, vegetables, fibrous foods and whole grains – You can add vegetables, fruits and whole grains to your weight loss diet. They provide essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and other substances that are good for your body. Examples of fibre rich foods include; beans, broccoli, avocados, apples, oatmeal brown rice and whole grain bread.

4. Try to incorporate exercise into your daily or weekly routine – Exercise helps to speed up your metabolism and helps you shed weight. The bitter truth is that wearing just waist trainers and staying put in one position will not make you lose that stubborn belly fat. You should hit the gym.

5 Reduce alcohol intake – Excess intake of alcohol also leads to a host of health problems especially the build-up of fat in the belly area. Have you ever noticed that those who drink alcohol, especially men, often develop ‘pot-bellies’. Alcoholic drinks like beer provide your body with calories and very little nutrients. It can also increase your appetite. Replace the alcoholic drinks with water or alternate with low calorie, non-alcoholic beverages. Too much alcohol can cause liver damage and other serious health problems.

6. Try out apple cider vinegar – Apple cider vinegar is made in a two-step fermentation process. It is obtained from apples that have been crushed, distilled and fermented. Acetic acid is the main active component of apple cider vinegar. It is safe for consumption in small quantities and can be taken as a supplement. Do not also consume it straight from the bottle or in its pure form. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons to water before you drink. You can also add honey or lemon. It is best to drink it before your meals. Research shows it has many health benefits, such as lowering blood sugar levels.

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Williams Uchemba And His Wife Exchange Wedding Vows In Lagos (Video)

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Williams Uchemba and his wife, Brunella Oscar

Williams Uchemba and his wife, Brunella Oscar

Popular Nigerian actor, Williams Uchemba and his wife, Brunella Oscar have officially solemnized their union.

The couple finally exchanged their wedding vows at Dominion city church in Lagos state.

The beautiful wedding ceremony was reportedly officiated by the founder of the church, Dr. David Chukwudi Ogbueli alias Papa Eagle.

Celebrities, fans and well-wishers poured in congratulatory message for the couple after photos and videos from the ceremony hit the internet.

The actor wore a sleek tuxedo, while his bride,  wore a lovely white gown.

Read Also:Actor Williams Uchemba Set To Walk Down The Aisle With Mystery Woman

Watch the videos below:

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Actor, Model, Comedian, Philanthropist… Meet The Latest Groom, Williams Uchemba

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Williams Uchemba

Williams Uchemba

Williams Uchemba, who was born on October 22, is an actor, motivational speaker, model, comedian, entrepreneur and philanthropist. The Abia-born thespian graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relation from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in Enugu State.

Uchemba began his career in the early 2000s as a child actor and came into the limelight in 2001 after appearing in the Nollywood blockbuster movie, “The Journey of the Dead” along with Olu Jacobs, Ramsey Noah, and Pete Edochie.

Since then, the multi-talented actor never looked back as he has gone ahead to feature in more blockbuster movies like Sugar Rush (2019), Merry Men 2(2019) and Story Story: The African Rideshare (2018). He is the recipient of several awards.

The actor adopted an 18-year-old furniture maker in June and he promised to sponsor his education. He recently got married to his longtime girlfriend, Brunella Oscar at her hometown, Alor in Anambra state. The actor’s wife, Brunella opened up on their love story with Wedding Digest Naija and she disclosed that she made the first move. According to the English trained medical doctor, they both met on Facebook after she sent him a message.

 

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