Modern Day Slavery At Madonna University

Modern Day Slavery At Madonna University

The NUC should please, as a matter of urgency come to the rescue of both the Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff of Madonna University,
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Sometime in March the university was abruptly short down and most of the staff chased out of the university premises without any communication to them as to why the school was closed in such a great hurry and all staff asked to leave the university premises immediately. The staff later learnt from unofficial channels that it was because of COVID-19 that the school was so abruptly closed. Since the closure staff have not been allowed to re-enter the premises even to take out their precious belongings now trapped in there. Since the pandemic in early March 2020 only March salaries have been paid to staff and nothing is being said of the outstanding salaries for April to August 2020, a total of five months. This action of the institution has brought untold hardship to the staff and all their dependents.
Inspite of this, the Teaching Staff are now being forced to conduct online classes without any salaries from July, with threats of sanctions should any default. The Management of the university does not even bother or care to communicate anything to the staff about the yet unpaid salaries. It is not surprising though because they hardly consider staff as worth anything to worry about in their false belief that the staff are only enjoying the magnanimous charity of Management. To Management staff are a little more than slaves and are treated as such. It is also not surprising because it is the usual practice of the Management to leave the staff in the dark with regards to any developments in the institution, even for matters that concern and affect staff directly. Most things that staff get to hear about the school are through unofficial channels.
On 14/09/2020, after 5 months of no salaries, Management paid a selected few half their salaries for July. That suggests that April, May and June salaries may never be paid to any staff of the institution.
We consider it slavery that at Madonna University staff are not allowed to appoint banks of their preference for the payment of their salaries. We are forced to open salary accounts only with Mayfresh Community Bank owned by the founder of the institution. The worst aspect of it all is that whenever it pleases them to pay salaries staff are not allowed to access and claim all the salary paid at once. You are only allowed to withdraw at once only half of the money paid into your account and the other half not less than one week after the withdrawal of the first half. This is not withstanding whatever need you have for your paid salary after salaries have been paid.
Unfortunately this is a country where there are no consequences for wrong treatment of workers. In our peculiar situation where we are prohibited from having staff unions, we are at a loss as to how to confront our slave master. We are therefore pleading with those who have oversight function over the institution to please compel Madonna University to pay us our outstanding salaries for April, May and June 2020 and even for September which will also soon fall due. We are even hearing that all of us who are non teaching staff may never be paid for all the period from April to date because we have not taught online, even when it is known that we are non teaching staff and therefore can never teach on line. This includes all administrative and other categories of staff who cannever teach because it is not our function so to do.
We will like the NUC to please let us know who our Vice Chancellor is since Jan 2020 because since then we have never seen or known any Vice Chancellor for the university.
We thank you for your assistance and rescue.
CONCERNED STAFF

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