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Nigeria supports amendment to ILO constitution

By Victor Ahiuma-Young
Nigeria and some members of the Internation al Labour Organisation (ILO) have given their support to the
proposed amendment to the ILO constitution.

The ILO explained, “ The Amendment is part of an overall thrust to enhance the relevance, impact and coherence
of the body of the ILO standards.   It would  make it possible for the Conference to abrogate ( or “terminate” in
the ILO) a Convention  that it has declared obsolete.

The text would simply all a new paragraph 9 to article 19 of the Constitution , to read as follows:

“By majority of two-thirds of the votes of delegates present, the Conference, acting on a proposal  of the
Governing Body, may abrogate  any Convention adopted in accordance  with the provisions of this article if it
appears that the Convention has lost its purpose or that it no longer makes a useful contribution  to attaining
the objectives of the organisations”.

As at the time of this report, African countries yet to  ratify the 1997 Instrument of Amendment to the ILO
Constitution include, Ghana,  Gambia, Kenya, Sierra Leone,  Cote de Voir,  Liberia.

NASU members in colleges of education threaten strike

INDUSTRIAL peace in the nation’s in the nation’s Colleges of Education maybe disrupted as members of Non-Academic
Staff Union of Educational and Related Institutions (NASU), from today over  unpaid benefits and other unresolved
grievances, unless government wades in.

Among the grievances of the NASU members in Colleges of Education included alleged unwillingness of government
conclude the re-negotiation of the year 2001 FGN/NASU agreement for Colleges of Education  sector, non-payment of
24 months arrears of monetisation  benefits,  minimum wage and double deductions of workers salary into the
contributory pension scheme. Labour Vanguard’s investigation revealed that the ultimatum given by NASU members in
the College of Education to government to address their grievances actually expired Thursday, June 18, 2009,  and
leaders of the union were said to have extended the ultimatum with another week hoping that government would
respond positively, but  to no avail.

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