Anti-labour practices are rampant nowadays in Nigeria and these practices by employers in their drive for profit maximization will soon turn workplaces across the country into a battle field between workers and business owners if feelers from labour movement are anything to go by. Casualisation, outsourcing, contract staffing and other non-pensionable employment has become the new norm. These are now fashionable practices in all private sectors of the economy; manufacturing, construction, banking, telecommunication, petroleum as well as many public sector establishments.
Jobs no longer safe
However, like-minded unions and associations affiliated with the All Global Union Federation in Nigeria recently gathered to raise their voice against unfair labour practices in Nigerian workplaces. Affiliates included National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, NUTGTWN, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas, NUPENG, National Union of Chemical, Footwear, Rubber, Leather and Non Metallic Product Employees, NUCFRLANMPE, Petroleum and natural Gas Senior Staff Association, PENGASSAN, and Chemical and Non Metallic Product Senior Staff Association, CANMPSSA.
Speaking at the event, Chairman of African Region of Industrial Union, Comrade Issa Aremu, said jobs in Nigeria were no longer secure as employers opt for short-term, flexible employment as part of strategies to save cost and boost profit. He explained that these developments informed the decision of affiliates of Industrial global union in the country to use the occasion of the ILO’s decent work day to launch the “Stop Precarious Work Campaign.” Low income, job insecurity, delayed payments of salaries and pensions, long hours of work without overtime payment, denial of sick leave and payment for sick leave, denial of annual and maternity leave, job insecurity, lack of redundancy benefits, poor health and safety conditions and non-payment of compensation for injuries sustained at work, poor working conditions, poor motivation, lack of social protection, arbitrary deduction and non-remittance of pension contributions and taxes, denial of rights to join the union and bargain collectively are some of the effects of casualisation and other unethical employment practices currently embraced by employers.”Aremu, also a Vice-President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and General Secretary of NUTGTWN, expressed concern over increasing disregard for the rule of law by several private sector employers, lamenting that violation and open disregard for the law is capable of creating an atmosphere of industrial anarchy and chaos. Speaking on the violation of workers’ rights, Aremu insisted that Nigerian labour laws in spite of the need for review still offer great protection for working class people. He lamented that the progressive laws were being violated with impunity by employers particularly in the private sector as workers were denied the right to organize.
He asked employers of labour to respect the law and where the law is observed in the breach, the Ministry of Labour and other agencies of government should enforce the law. “To the millions of workers subjected to inhuman and un-dignifying employment, we are determined to join forces to embark on unbroken struggle to force recalcitrant employers to respect workers right to join –
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