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5 Months Salary Owed. What Should I Do?

Hi. What would you do if your company is owing you five months salary plus leave allowance (since november 2007) and not saying anything about it? We are all suffering in silence as staff. Do you think its better to quit(without prospect of any job in sight) or to remain with the company(in blind faith that all will be well). Pl advice

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i ve experienced this but now am free.Friend don't quit but open ur eyes ur innerone and see the potential in you.Blieved me God had a purpose 4ur life.I'VE AGOOD NEWS 4U ,enough off paid job u can become ur own boss,and begin to pay other as well.SEND ME AN EMAIL ; sos.sea29@yahoo.com or call 08080783121 believed me ,

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Sad.

This is just Sad.

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You should fire your boss. Tell him that i gave you the permission, and he has 24 hrs to clear his/her desk and pack out.

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signify ur non-payment with ur feet; don't raise it up-RUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN.

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If I may Ask, Do you work at a Charity Home?

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You need to gather your colleagues and say something.

@ topic, I can not believe this is still happening in Nigeria. I mean even teachers are getting paid.

@ author. what is the name of the company and what does it do?

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my dear, talk to ur boss if no real response, quit the job

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I doubt if it's philantropy.

It's more like hopelessness.

He ought to have quit 4 years and 10 months ago.

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Yes people are doing it, should we encourage others to join in? it's people like you that dent the image of our society. May God open your eyes of understanding!

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Leave the job,he will never pay you.Change is the only constant thing in life,have a positive attitude about it and take it as an experience learnt in a hard way.I have been in that kind of situation before for 3months and a friend of mine for 8months.You are not there to sympathize with your boss,look at it this way if you've been messing up on your job for 5months do you think he will not sack you? I know it will be difficult initially but you will always survive.

I wish you all the best,but please do yourself a favour and quit.

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Fed. Min. of Ag. has not paid department of Rural Dev. workers salaries since January

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@begood1,if you are talking about jst having a place to go every morning,OK

@Scopiun,great talk.

i wonder how u've been going to the work sef,ur boss must be a blessed man,he's not paying and his staff are still comming.

i would suggest you read the book WHO MOVED MY CHEESE?

I think ur just afraid of change and it's challenges.

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Kemi, and all of u being owed salaries

pls send ur mails to gdajobs2008@yahoo.com

I ll try my best to see that u hv somewhere where u ll be paid regularly

Pele

I understand how u guys feel

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Why not complain instead of dieing in silence?

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this is so sad

@ the poster,like many have said,I think you should turn in your office keys and wave them a final goodbye.

What nonsense!

For 5 months,you wake up daily,take a bath,eat, probably hop on a couple of molues and arrive at a dead end job dressed in shirt ant tie and at the end of the month,they tell you God bless.

How are you feeding and clothing yourself if I may ask.

You probably live with your parents

You need to quit that job immediately so you can focus and regroup.

You are being used and abused,wake up man.

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Quite the job and find a better one. Preferably a government owned job. They can't delay your salary that long there, remember that this is not Abacha's regime na democracy. If the government dares you guys only have to protest/strike, believe me they will call you begging.

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The rate churches spring up here and there even the dead would know that something is at the back of these peoples minds.

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If you've been able to survive 5 months without salary working, I think you can also survive a few jobless months looking for a new job. Resign as this will give you all the time to look inward deeply and hunt for job with precision and trust me, you'll get it. Good luck

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My candid advice: Resign. It will give u room to tenaciously search for another job. Good luck

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You're really crazy for suggesting such ideal. Why taking the church of God as a replacement for joblessness?

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Quit your job; Become a pastor begin your own ministry so you can preach the word of God. Am sure your congregation would ensure you get your due payment.

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What you need to do is gather evidence about your work and lack of pay. Then file a lawsuit and find another job that is willing to pay you.

What exactly is going on with the job are they in transition? or did their contractors not pay them before the November issue have they paid you on time. Give the full story before you let people talk you into quitting a good job (myself included)

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And you de here de complain??

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I advice that u remain there only if you do get another source of income there apart from your salary.

Whenever, the pay comes, it will be a lumpsum amount

moreover, getting a job is not easy in nigeria today as everyone here is suggesting quit.

my2kobos

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If you' ve been surviving without pay these past few months, you might as well continue without spending the little money and your energy putting in to a job that has nothing for you. Quit.

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if they can owe u 4 5months wit other benefits inclusive, whats d probability that they'll ever pay u. well, it's up to you to take d best decision. good luck

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As much as a company has prospects, your future is not tied to a particular company. If previous payments have been through loan then the situation might get worse than present.

From your posting it seems you harbor internal fear about the future. Those who succeed in life face the future with optimisms and dare to get involve in new things.

Discover yourself first.

As a graduate when things were so hard for me years back, I want thinking of going into printing business or photography just not to be idle. Till moment, there is no idle period, I try to maximize the usage of every available time to me.

Ponder on these two questions

1. Apart from this job, what can you do as a person?

2. If this company folds up today or I am sacked by this company How do I survive?

Your honest answer to these questions will open your eyes to hidden potentials within you.

No matter what anyone say, the decision (and consequences afterwards) is purely YOURS and YOURS alone.

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My Advice is for you to either report to the Labor Union or find yourself a Lawyer and Sue!This way you don't loose both ways even if you intend to leave the company.

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@all,

Thnx for the comments and advice

Am really worried cos its kinda a very tough decision to make.

The company has prospects i think. but they are doing real bad now. previous salaries have been via loans. now loans have stopped coming in.

Very scary especially if you have given over two years to a company.

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Abduct your MD's youngest child. Go and learn au those NigerDelta boys dey do am.

Ol Boy things dey happen o. . .

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I have been in this kind of situation before though just three Months, that was as far back as 2002. I was working then in Ikoyi and living in Olorunsogo Street in Mushin. At the end the third month I made a decision to leave and took some steps coupled with prayer. That decision today I have not regretted.

Neither feel sad nor pity yourself just discover the potential in you and move ahead. Resign.

These are my little advise for you

1. What can you profitably do as a person? I am not asking of the course you study but what you can personally do. I studied Computer Science and when I decided to leave the office owing me, I prepared myself to contact people to train them on Computers and Office Applications. That was where I started after resigning from the office. I realized amount greater than my salary in the first month after resigning.

2. Be aggressive to discover your potentials, market these potentials first to your immediate surroundings and when people know what you can do they will contact you. when I was about to leave the company owing me I bought a second hand computer and focused on programming, my focus that time paid off, I got a contract work with an organization that started me off in life.

3. Do not be discouraged in the face of difficult challenges. It is not always easy sfter resigning but you must know you have gained one thing, your freedom. Freedom to search for other jobs and discover the best in you.

4. Think of a business with small capital that you can do. With =N= 5,000 you can start a Recharge Card selling business, Tell your friends, your Church/Mosque members you are selling recharge cards AND DO NOT SELL IN CREDIT. With small beginning God will lift you up in life.

5. This is dry season, have you though of a business that deals with Cold Items, Pure Water, Minerals etc. Don't let your certificates make you too big for these little works. start Something.

6. Be a man of prayer, commit your way into the hand of the Lord to guide you.

Remember, You have a future that can only be restricted by one person ------ YOU.

I pray for you that God, who took my life from that prison call job in Ikoyi in Lagos now to fulfilment will settle you, soonest. (Amen)

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I marvel when I read stories like this, which is not strange in Naija. The only reason you can work more than a month without pay is that you have no responsibility and fully dependent. Or like most people in Naija, "just hustling". Whatever that means.

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been there done that

leave. ideally after you get another job. do not expect any nice reviews from your employer, though. its proabaly the typical one man business where a guy with great technical/professional skills decides to start a company. unfortunately being a techie or good at what you do does not translate into being a sound businessman. even worse, you can be sure the family of the employer is not going without. if they are like the typical nigerians they are living it up.

dont belive any of that ish about when things get better. all that willl happen is oga's lifestyle will be upgraded, after that it will be business as usual. an employer that does not respect or value his staff enough to enable them to lead responsible lives should not be put up with, no matter how much invaluable ' experience' one is picking from him. ONE SHOULD NEVER LIVE ON THE CREDO - THINGS WILL GET BETTER so i will manage.

in the company i left two guys fell out with their long time girlfriends. the ladies could not understand how the guys could be constantly working( and i mean constantly) and always broke.

i'm sure in addition to all this, you are expected to do some menial/demeaning jobs too( drive the boss' wife 2 d airport if the driver is sick, that sort of thing)

good luck.

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We need to ask questions before passing all those comments.

Is the business making money ?

is the business being owed ?

What job is the poster doing ?

Is the poster related to the business owner ?

There are few jobs in the land,so it is advisable  one looks at the prospects before quiting.

My  sister stayed with a company for 2 years with little or no salary before hitting it big with an oil service company using the experience  she got from " the job no pay".

If the job is giving you experience , hang on.

I know a big company quoted on the NSE that started about 1996. A friend of mine was their first staff. He left when the going was getting tougher. Now the company is hitting it big .

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what type of job did u do there? are u getting profit or u are losing or is it OGO TA OGO TA u know what i mean, let me know all this b/4 my own advice

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Dust ur Bottom and go look for another job man. What have u been living on since? Garri?

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, and how have you managed these 5 months. Does your boss really expect you to come to work.

Me thinks they sent out sack letters 6 months ago but it just never got delivered.

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my guy we don pass slave era now haba!

you guys must be mugu-licious for working up to five months without pay!!

start picking/grabbing the company's properties to sell one by one till your salary is complete and run for your dear life!!!

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You better hasten up with your resignation letter .

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Get a life my friend and quit. This would give you opportunity to check out other jobs.

Come on boy, how do you manage? Sorry for your Bottom. Thank jah still.

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I agree with whoever said you should sell the companies equipment!!! Well it even happens here in the UK when employers even big companies dont pay thier staff and then they close down and the staff end up jobless, its best you steal what you can so that when the company closes you have your money!!

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@ Poster, Eh Yah

I am also experiencing the same too at work, but mine is just for 2 months now. I am just applying to every applications that comes my way.

I wish you all the best Bros.

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