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PENGASSAN condemns govt over workers’ right at Free trade zone

By Funmi  Komolafe
PETROLEUM and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), has expressed concerned over  denial of workers’s right in the country’s Free Trade Zones (FTZ) especially freedom of association as enshrined in the section 40 of the nation’s constitution.

In a communique issued at the end of its recent National Executive Council (NEC), PENGASSAN  decried the growing rate of casualisation and contract staffing in the industry, lamenting that it is losing members to the unfair policy.

According to the communique: “The NEC-In-Session notes with dismay the turning of Free Trade Zones in Nigeria to Free Labour Zones where employees are denied the right to unionize and at the same time made to work under inhuman conditions.

The NEC-in-Session therefore calls on the Federal Government to guarantee the constitutional right of its citizens on freedom of association and the right to belong to a trade union as per Section 40 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”  The International Labour Organisation ( ILO) has consistently queried Nigeria on the denial of workers rights in the FTZ.

“The NEC-In-Session notes the persistent job losses of our members in the oil and gas industry as a result of Casualization and Contract Staffing. The NEC condemns in its entirety the growing trend, wherein regular employees are frequently disengaged under the guise of dwindling economic fortunes only for same employees to be re-engaged as contract staff in order to circumvent the company policy on fringe/deferred benefits. The NEC-In-Session resolved that this unwholesome practice will no longer be acceptable in the Oil and Gas Industry.”

Hotel workers give Leke Success fresh mandate

WORKERS in the nation’s hospitality industry, under the umbrella of National Union of Hotel and Personal Service Workers (NUHPSW), have re-elected its President, Comrade Leke Success to lead the union for another four years.  It was the highlight  of the union’s conference held in Kaduna.

In his acceptance speech, Comrade Leke promised to lead the 9-man executive to improve the welfare of members and ensure that their rights are not denied them.

He added that  the union in conjunction with its umbrella body the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and allies in both labour movement and civil society coalition, would not only rejuvenate the unionisation drive in the sector, all anti-unionisation and unfair labour practices would no longer be tolerated.

Troubled banks: ASSBIFI seeks international support  against CBN

UMBRELLA body for senior staff in the nation’s banking industry, the Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI), is mobilising international  support against plans  by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to sell the troubled banks especially to foreign interest without due process.

Acting President of ASSBIFI, Comrade Sunday Salako, in Lagos that the association was mobilising support from global labour and movement and banks’ workers union in South Africa to frustrate moves by the CBN to forcefully dispose off the banks.

According to him: “We have also written to some of our allies internationally such as  UNIGLOBAL, and we are also getting in touch with SABRO in South Africa, because some of these organizations that have expressed interest in some of our banks, three of them are from South Africa .

Let me tell you that this type of thing will never happen in South Africa.  You cannot indicate interest in any institution in South Africa without engaging the union.  So, we have also contacted our counterpart and ally in South Africa, (SABRO). We are telling them to advise their institutions not to engage in secret dealing that would jeopardize the interest of workers in Nigeria otherwise it will be a misadventure for them.”

NDE  cautions employers against extortion of  applicants

THE  National  Directorate of Employment (NDE), has called on employers of labour  to ensure that information on employment and vacancies matters are made available to the public to ensure openness and transparency. In a communique at the end of its information conference in Kaduna, Kaduna state recently, participants, called “on all employers of labour and other stakeholders to ensure that information on employment and vacancies matters are made available to the public to ensure openness and transparency.

Conference frowned on the latest frenzy by employers in both public and private sectors who through unwholesome excuses generate huge incomes through the sale of exorbitant scratch cards and other electronic devises designed to exploit intending employees who seek employment with the various organizations. Those who benefit from this exploitation should be reminded that the unemployed persons remain basically dependants and are therefore not expected to have the wherewithal to embark on expensive job searches which often end up fruitless.”


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