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CAC, AUPCTRE, get deadline on condition of service

MANAGEMENT of Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, and the leadership of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees, AUPCTRE, have up to the end of September to conclude negotiation on the review of workers’ conditions of service.

This was part of the agreement reached during a meeting with the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Senator Jubril Martins-Kuye and leaders of AUPCTRE to resolve issues that forced the workers of CAC to embark on a industrial action recently.

A communique issued at the end of the meeting, said once both parties conclude the review, it should be forwarded to the board for approval.

The communique said: “Both sides agreed that the on-going negotiations between the Management and Union on the review of the existing conditions of service should be completed on\ or before the end of September 2010, and forwarded to the Board for approval.

On resolve payment of arrears in respect of 2008 promotion for senior staff, both sides agreed that the management should submit to the Board within one week , the financial implication, for the approval before the end of October , 2010. In respect of 2009 promotion exercise for both junior and senior staff, both parties agreed that the exercise should be concluded expeditiously and that the process should commerce immediately.

FOBTOB calls for Tribunal to try tax evaders

FOOD, Beverage and Tobacco  Senior Staff Association, FOBTOB, has called on the government to set up a special tribunal to try and penalise tax evaders, especially companies.

President of FOBTOB, Comrade Tunde Abdulrahman who spoke in Lagos, urged government to provide social amenities from tax payers money to the citizens, lamenting that Nigeria workers do not get corresponding benefits as tax payers

According to him: “Nigerian Workers cannot be said to have benefitted much from the government. The tax law imposes great tax burden on workers but does not provide social services. As a worker I pay one third of my salay as a tax payer. Ideally, I should not worry about good hospital when am sick, education, accommodation or order social amenities, but that is not the case.’’

Comrade Abdulrahman called on  government to create a mechanism that would regulate prices  of goods so as to curb inflation in transportation, food item, building material and others, saying“because there is no regulation, that is the reason why artisans can increases prices of their services at will to take care of inflation and the workers salaries are fixed for years and not changed to respond to inflation.’’

LASCO’s day of tributes for Anokwuru holds today

MEMBERS of Labour and Civil Society Coalition, LASCO, will today gather in Lagos to honour  the former auditor of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and ex-President of National Union of Shops and Distributive Employees, NUSDE, Comrade Bright Anokwuru, who died last month.

Titled, “A day of Tributes To Anokwuru”, the event comes up and Lagos sub-national Secretariat of NLC, Yaba.

A statement by Secretary of Lagos branch of LASCO, Comrade Abiodun Aremu, said the occasion  “is for LASCO to celebrates one of its most dependable forces.”

Labour leaders and civil society allies, workers are expected to grace the event.

Late Anokwuru besides the doggedness which he pursued issues affecting workers and the masses, was a leading figure in the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole’s anti-casualisation campaigns and many battles against incessant fuel price increases of Obasanjo’s government, during his tenure as the President of NLC.

…private sector unions morun him

PRIVATE sector unions in the country, have said the death of former auditor of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and ex- President of National Union of Shops and Distributive Employees, NUSDE, Comrade Bright Anokwuru, has robbed the labour movement a committed activist who served the labour movement  in several capacities.

At a meeting to discuss the burial plans of the late unionist who died last month, leaders of private sector unions affiliated to NLC, commiserated with his immediate family and NUSDE on his death.

According to the group: “Comrade Bright Anokwuru was a committed activist who served the labour movement  in several capacities.  A robust organizer and active member of the private sector unions in his life time. He was one time President of NUSDE and Auditor of the NLC.

In all capacities he served, he gave his all as he demonstrated rare courage in defending workers issues.  He was visible also in the many marches NLC waged in recent years whether such struggle was against casualization, fuel price hike or electoral reform.  No doubt, Anokwuru was a conscious and committed activist.”


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