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Union threatens hotels over alleged unfair labour practices

LAGOS — NATIONAL Union of Hotels and Personal Services Workers, NUHPSW, has issued a one-month ultimatum to the management of Federal Palace Hotel, Sweet Sensation, Tantalizers and four other hotels to end  perceived unfair labour practices and allow their staff to freely belong to union or face the wrath of organised labour.

Leaders of the union said arrangements were being concluded to picket and disrupt business operations of these organisations which included  Etal Hotels and Halls X/papa, Bellismo Hotel, Ajah, De-Renaissence Hotel, Ikeja and Protea Hotel, Victoria Island, all based in Lagos should they remain recalcitrant.

At a press conference in Lagos, Chairman, Lagos Council of NUHPSW, Comrade Martin Ani, said: “The 2004 amended Labour Act is very clear on the issue of unionization. Workers consent is the only prerequisite for unionization.

“Today, workers will fill the membership forms which stand as their approval to be members of the union. Yet management will still not be willing to submit to this fundamental right.

“We have applied all means of mediation including the Ministry of Labour, yet these managements are still adamant. Some have engaged in victimization of those they can identify even up to termination of appointments.

“We want to sound a serious notice to such management that very soon we will have no option than to picket such hotels, clubs, restaurants and security outfits to ensure that this fundamental right is not denied workers.”
By Victor Ahiuma-Young


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