Sunday September 21st, 2014
Sunday September 21st, 2014
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Stakeholders step up efforts at affordable housing scheme

  /   in Labour 6:47 pm   /   Comments

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FEW days ago, stakeholders made up of union leaders, human resource managers, and management of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, FMBN, gathered in Lagos, at a one-day interactive session organized by the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, NECA, to find ways of quickening affordable housing scheme for workers.

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Abducted girls: Nothing is too much to ensure release – NUTGTWN

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A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist

NATIONAL Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, NUTGTWN, has said nothing is too much to do to ensure immediate and unconditional release of the more than 200 girls of Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, abducted over a month ago by Boko Haram insurgents.

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84,097 retirees get N210.7bn through programmed withdrawal

  /   in Labour 12:39 am   /   Comments

Pix: A Protest by Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Lagos state, on non payment of Pensioners arrears and gratuities by Lagos state Government, at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

About N210.78.63billion has been paid as lump sums to retirees under the Programmed Withdrawal of Contributory Pension scheme., CPS.

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Labour laments plight of Delta pensioners

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DELTA State council of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has called on Delta State Government to urgently address the plight of pensioners by paying their outstanding benefits among others In a statement, Comrade Williams Akporeha, chairman, Delta state NLC, wrote that information available to the congress showed that many retirees have died of untold hardship. Nonetheless, he thanked the State Government for the recent payment of arrears on six per cent and 15 per cent pension increases.

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May Day: What hope for Nigerian workers?

  /   in Labour 12:40 am   /   Comments

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos addresing workers at the Workers Day celebration held in Lagos on Monday.

Today, Nigerian workers join millions of workers all over the world except the United States of America to mark 128th anniversary of May Day. This special edition of Labour Vanguard takes a look at the relationship between the average worker and the trade union. What are the challenges for the average worker? It’s a special May Day Edition. Only in Vanguard.

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Upheaval in TUC as 13 affiliates tackle Kaigama

  /   in Labour 12:26 am   /   Comments

*TUC President, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama

A MAJOR crisis is brewing in the Trade Unions Congress, TUC as no fewer than 13 affiliates have petitioned the leadership of the labour centre questioning the leadership of style of its President.

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Where we are on employees compensation, by NSITF boss

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The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) is charged with the responsibility of implementing the Employees Compensation Scheme which ensures that workers secure some monetary compensation.

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NLC shops for new scribe amid politics of exclusion

  /   in Labour 12:55 am   /   Comments

Cross-section of workers during a protest rally on the Murtala Muhammed Way in Yaba, Lagos.

SInce the internal crisis within the NLC peaked with the purported sack of then General Secretary, Comrade John Odah which the NLC was forced to reverse as a result of the ruling of the National Industrial Court (NIC) and subsequent internal discussion, which saw Comrade Odah properly’ retired, all manners of scheming have been going on as to who becomes the substantive general secretary of the NLC. This edition of Labour Vanguard gives an insight into what has been going on and the plan of the NLC leadership not to settle for the best.

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PenCom steps up efforts at easing pains of pensioners

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THE National Pension Commission, PenCom, has begun a nationwide interactive meeting with participating retirees under the Contributory Pension Scheme, CPS, to get feedback on their pension issues in retirement with a view to seeking ways of making life more comfortable for them.

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Outsourcing must conform with global best practices – HuCaPan President

  /   in Labour 12:20 am   /   Comments

*Mr. Neye Enemigin

Labour Vanguard met the president of Human Capital Providers Association of Nigeria, HuCaPan, Mr. Neye Enemigin who spoke on a number of contemporary labour issues, including outsourcing and its effect on the economy. Are workers being fairly treated? What role does HuCaPan play? The role of the Ministry of Labour &Productivity were also discussed during the interview. Details in this edition of Labour Vanguard:

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ASUP strike: NLC condemns Education Minister

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The Nigeria Labour Congress ( NLC) wants the federal government to take urgent steps to end the lingering strike by staff of the nation’s polytechnics and colleges of education

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Furore over workers delegates to Confab

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*Abdulwaheed Omar, NLC President

All is not well within the Nigeria Labour Congress over the list of delegates to the national conference. Affiliate unions of the NLC took the leadership to task on the manner the list of delegates was drawn up without input from unions that make up the Congress

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Remittances: PenCom goes after defaulting employers

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Pix: A Protest by Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Lagos state, on non payment of Pensioners arrears and gratuities by Lagos state Government, at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

NATIONAL Pension Commission, PenCom, has now concluded plans to prosecute private sector employers for breaching the Pension Reform Act, PRA, 2004 especially in relation to remittance of deducted pension contributions into the Contributory Pension Scheme, CPS

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Immigration tragedy: ‘I found my wife in the mortuary, cold dead, after parting at test venue’

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*Bereaved husband and kids... Govt insensitive

If they had known, maybe they would have asked government to forget its job so they could live together. This is part of the lamentation of Mr Austin Amu, the widower of Mrs Sandra Amun, who lost her life, Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium Benin City, where the recruitment exercise of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) took place.

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How we ‘re improving workers condition in House of Reps – Akpatason

  /   in Labour 12:43 am   /   Comments

Cross-Section of members of House of  the Reps debating removal of fuel subsidy during Special Session in Abuja.

COMRADE Peter Akpatason is a member of the House of Representatives Committee on Labour, among others in the National Assembly. A former Trustee of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, as well as immediate past President of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, in this interview with Labour Vanguard, he spoke on how The House of Representatives is striving to improve the wellbeing of workers among others.

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Bridging bilateral cultural ties as Aggrey exhibits African Essence in Lagos

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As part of its main objective of promoting young and talented African artists, Biodun Omolayo Art Gallery is set to host young and talented award winning Ghanaian water colour artist- Jonathan Kwegyir Aggrey in an exhibition tagged African Essence.

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Pensioners now better off in Kwara, says NUP scribe

  /   in Labour 12:00 am   /   Comments

Chief Omoniyi Bidoja is the secretary of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP, branch in Kwara State. In this interview with Pension and You Correspondent in Ilorin, Kwara State, Demola Akinyemi, the septuagenarian spoke on the living condition of pensioners in the state among other related issues.

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Uduaghan advocates stronger pension supervision

  /   in Labour 9:16 pm   /   Comments

Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, has advised the Delta State Bureau for State Pension to put in place stronger regulatory and supervisory framework aimed at securing and ensuring compliance with the overall goal of empowering the workers on retirement.

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28 states yet to fully embrace contributory pension scheme

  /   in Labour 12:06 am   /   Comments

File Photo: Aged Pensioners waiting for their entitlement

REPORTS emanating from the Pension industry in Nigeria has revealed that 28 out of the 36 states are yet to fully embrace the contributory pension scheme, CPS, introduced over nine years ago following the Pension Reform Act, PRA, 2004.

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Employers phasing out pension, gratuity in downstream, PENGASSAN laments

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PETROLEUM and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, has raised an alarm on the gradual phasing out of pension and gratuity by indigenous employers in the downstream sector of the economy.

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Sexual harassment: NIC awards costs against employer

  /   in Labour 12:26 am   /   Comments

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FOLLOWING complaints of sexual harrassment and eventual sack by her management, a former Enterprise Marketing Manager of Microsoft Nigeria Limited, Mrs Ejieke Maduka, headed for the National Industrial Court (NIC) for justice. She had alleged that she had been sexually harassed by her immediate boss.

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Kano, three North-West states shut workers out of new pension scheme

  /   in Labour 12:03 am   /   Comments

The protesting pensioners, yesterday.

KANO and three other states in the North-West zone of the country are yet to key-in their workers into the contributory pension scheme, CPS, nine years into the scheme which came out of the Pension Reform Act, PRA, 2004.

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Doctors’ face-off with Lagos govt, most challenging Ogunlewe, ex-HoS

  /   in Labour 12:00 pm   /   Comments

*Prince Adesegun Olusola Ogunlewe

Prince Adesegun Olusola Ogunlewe, former Lagos State Head of Service, HoS, in this concluding part of his with Olasunkanmi Akoni, told Labour Vanguard that the 14 weeks old strike by Doctors in the state was his most trying moment. The first part of the interview has earlier been published. Excerpts.

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Stakeholders push for pro-employment legislations

  /   in Labour 12:00 am   /   Comments

*Chief Emeka Wogu, Minister of Labour and Productivity

THE 9th Labour Summit of the Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies, MINILS, last month, will for a long time to come remain a subject for discourse especially within the labour movement. Besides the theme; Labour Laws, Institutional Reforms and Development Process in Nigeria, speakers were unanimous that current employment laws are not such that guarantee development process in the country.

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Doctors’ face-off with Lagos govt, most challenging Ogunlewe, ex-HoS

  /   in Labour 9:03 pm   /   Comments

*Prince Adesegun Olusola Ogunlewe

Prince Adesegun Olusola Ogunlewe, former Lagos State Head of Service, HoS, in this concluding part of his with Olasunkanmi Akoni,  told Labour Vanguard that the 14 weeks old strike by Doctors in the state was his most trying moment. The first part of the interview has earlier been published.  Excerpts. Major reforms introduced into the

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Pension, gratuity are legitimate rights of employees — TUC

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NLC members calling for an end to job insecurity

TRADE Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, has said pension and gratuity are legitimate rights of employees that should not be tempered with, declaring that attempt by some employers and political class to surreptitiously discontinue gratuity payment must be resisted.

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Power: New owners must respect workers’ rights — NECA

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NIGERIA Employers Consultative Association, NECA, recently held an interactive session with Labour Correspondents on “Promoting Industrial Harmony, Productivity and National Development in the Post-Reform Era of Power (Electricity) sector: Issues and Challenges

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How Cross River uncovered N26m pension payment fraud

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DETAILS of how the Cross River Stat Government recovered 26 million Naira between 2012 and 2013 through the Electronic payment of pensioners introduced by the State Pensions Board, have emerged.
While N17 million was recovered in 2012, N9 million was recovered in payments made in the first half of 2013.

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No business without union business — OATUU scribe

  /   in Labour 12:40 am   /   Comments

Owei Lakemfa

Owei Lakemfa, the OATUU scribe, was a student activist, former Acting General secretary of Nigeria Labour Congress and the pioneer Labour Editor of Vanguard .
The KMF annual lecture has been sponsored solely by Friedrich Ebert Stifftung for 17 years.
This edition of Labour Vanguard presents excerpts from his paper which can be described as a well documented history of the Nigerian labour movement.

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Accessing pension funds should be less cumbersome — NUSDE President

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Comrade Kelly Ogbaloi

IN view of challenges facing your sector, how secure is gratuity payment for your members at retirement?
I want to say that gratuity which is separated from pension is still on. The gratuity is not a new phenomenon in the industry. However, there are moves by employers to discontinue it arising from the emergence of contributory pension scheme.

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Accessing pension funds should be less cumbersome – NUSDE President

  /   in Labour 12:58 am   /   Comments

*Comrade Kelly Ogbaloi

IN view of challenges facing your sector, how secure is gratuity payment for your members at retirement?

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Iyayi’s timeless nuggets on the ASUU struggle

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Prof. Fetus Iyayi

The late Professor Festus Iyayi simply called Festus by his contemporaries was killed by a car in the convoy of the Kogi state government last week. Across the labour movement, news of his death spread like wild fire: Iyayi, who was president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities in1986 is no more. For those of us who reported his activities as ASUU president, we knew that the labour movement has lost a committed comrade. He led ASUU to confront the military government on issues affecting the university system.

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