NLC to picket coys over anti-labour prac­tices

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Mo­hammed Shosanya,La­gos

Two fac­tions of the Nige­ria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday tem­po­rar­ily closed ranks to cam­paign against in­de­cent work prac­tices in the coun­try.

At a press con­fer­ence in La­gos ad­dressed by the two pres­i­dents of the Congress, they re­solved to picket the Eg­bin Power Plc, Vik Lim­ited Isolo, Ja­gal Lim­ited, Lee Group, Dura Pack Lim­ited and Coates Lim­ited, all in La­gos to­day as part of ac­tiv­i­ties to mark this year’s De­cent Work Day.

NLC Pres­i­dent, Com­rade Ayuba Wabba, said he would also lead ral­lies in ma­jor ar­eas of La­gos to sen­si­tise work­ers and in­dus­trial unions from dif­fer­ent sec­tors of the econ­omy on the pe­cu­liar chal­lenges of in­de­cent work prac­tices and how to con­front them. He said the level of pre­car­i­ous work en­vi­ron­ment was in­tol­er­a­ble and ef­forts should be made to check it. He said Nige­rian work­ers who are the cre­ators of the na­tion’s wealth de­serve the best. “In the light of

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the be­lieves that this year’s De­cent Work Day for is an op­por­tu­nity to rein­vig­o­rate com­mit­ment to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the de­cent work agenda. The im­por­tance of this com­mit­ment is un­der­scored by our de­ter­mi­na­tion to visit fac­tory premises to as­cer­tain first-hand the state of the work places”, he said.

Fac­tional pres­i­dent, Com­rade Joe Ajaero, lamented that unions in the coun­try are not do­ing enough to fight in­de­cent work prac­tices. He called for a change of at­ti­tude and em­pha­sized the need for unions to re-awaken the Labour Party or join forces with po­lit­i­cal par­ties that are ready to add value to the lives of work­ers in the coun­try.

His vice-pres­i­dent, Com­rade Issa Aremu, de­plored the grow­ing level of ca­su­al­i­sa­tion, out­sourc­ing and other ac­tiv­i­ties cal­cu­lated to de­base Nige­rian work­ers. He said this year’s De­cent Work Day would be used by labour and civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions to re­ject de­hu­man­iza­tion of work­ers and force em­ploy­ers to pur­sue the dig­nity of labour.

PHOTO Shehu K. Goro

The Deputy-Gover­nor of Kaduna State, Arch. Barn­abas Bala Ban­tex (3rd right) at the 2015 an­nual con­fer­ence of Fe­male Ar­chi­tects of Nige­ria in Kaduna yesterday.

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