By Victor Ahiuma-Young
IBADANâ€”NATIONAL Union of Civil Engineering, Construction Furniture and Wood Workers (NUCECFWW), has said no fewer than 55,000 members lost their jobs to harsh operating environment including the violence in Niger Delta region.
Speaking at the unionâ€™s ongoingÂ 9th annual industrial relations/education conference in Ibadan, Oyo State,Â Â General Secretary of the Union, Babatunde Liadi, lamented that the government appeared not to be interested in finding solution to the problem.
According to him, â€œin the past two years, we have been witnessing massive factory closures, retrenchment, casualisation of workers in the industry.
”The unfortunate thing about it is that some employers would retrench full or permanent staff only to re-engage them as casual workers.Â We have been faced with a lot of difficulties which have been worsened by the global economic melt down.
”In the Advanced world, leaders are bailing out industries and companies to re-energise their economies. But here, our leaders are doing the opposite of that. Most of construction projects are now either abandoned or half done. Social facilities have completely collapsed.
”The road are not motorable. The economy is stagnate. Because of the harsh operating environment in the country including the violence in the Niger Delta, in the last two years, we have lost over 55, 000 workers.â€