Friday, 18 May 2012


Ikeja — Four years after 63 workers of Unilever Plc were sacked, their expectation for the commencement of the case, yesterday, before an Ikeja High Court, Lagos, was dashed, due to change of counsel. The matter is before Justice A. Emeya. At the hearing, yesterday, a new counsel who replaced their old lawyer, informed the court that he had just taken over of the case and needed to study the case file as well as amend the claims earlier filed by the claimants. The workers, who dragged the company to court were relived of their duties on December 3, 2008, following which they approached the court, praying same to declare their sack, illegal. According to the new counsel, efforts by the Office of the Public Defender of Lagos State Ministry of Justice to resolve the issues relating to the claimant's employment failed, which led to the court action. The workers are praying the court to order the defendant to pay them N300 million as compensation for exemplary and aggravated damages, for the unlawful termination of their employments. They also want the court to grant them N900 million, being their outstanding entitlements as salaries, allowances and redundancy benefits due to them from November 2008 till period of judgment entered in their favour by the court.
Culled from The Nigerian Vanguard


The Senate yesterday fumed over the recruitment of casual teachers by federal colleges across the country. Adopting a motion on the plight of casual teachers in the education sector, the Senate mandated its Committee on Education to investigate the alleged recruitment of casual teachers. Earlier, the sponsor of the motion, Senator Andy Uba (PDP, Anambra South), raised the alarm that some teachers had been employed and teaching as casual teachers in the federal colleges across the country for over 11 years without their appointments being regularised. (haba, 11 years??!!) Senator Ahmed Lawan (ANPP, Yobe North), described the practice as disheartening. Senators Danjuma Goje (PDP, Gombe Central), Adamu Gumba (PDP, Bauchi South) and Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia South) said employing casual teachers is a breach of educational policies.
Culled from The Nigerian Daily Trust

From a personal point of view, it is obvious that our labour laws need to be reviewed in order to ensure best practice  is maintained in the country. After all, everyone is allowed to have their own policies and procedures concerning recruitment but do we agree that there should be a standard? I mean 11 years!!!