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Labour laments rise in industrial accidents

By Victor Ahiuma-Young

LAGOS – Organised Labour in the country weekend expressed concern over the increasing cases of industrial accidents in the country with government doing little or nothing to arrest the situation.

But the Federal Ministry of labour and Productivity said government is doing everything possible to minimise industrial accidents and industrial peace in the country.

At a workshop on safety and health organised by Lagos State Council of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), it lamented that increasing rate of industrial accidents in the manufacturing, construction and engineering sectors which rendered   workers completely incapacitated.

Addressing participants, Chairman of the State council of NLC, Comrade Michael Alogba Olukoya said workers were often time confronted with the issue of compensation, saying that employers in these sectors are unwilling to pay compensation to the affected staff.

He decried perceived attitudes of government towards issue of workers’ safety and regretted that factor inspectorate and government agencies had not helped matters and accused them of failing in their supervisory role of ensuring that employers meet the required standard of operation.

According to him: “Trade Unions in the manufacturing, engineering and construction industries are on daily basis confronted with cases of industrial accidents and the attendant issue of compensation.


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