By Victor Ahiuma-Young
LOKOJA â€”NATIONAL Union of Chemical, Footwear, Rubber, Leather and Non-Metallic Products Employees (NUCFRANMPE) has petitioned the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, over alleged unfair labour practices of the management of Obajana Cement Company Plc, especially anti-union policy.
In a petition by the National Secretary of the union, Comrade Matthew Momoh, the union implored the Labour minister to prevail on the management to recognise the union in the organisation to allow industrial peace to reign.
The statement read in part: â€œWe are constrained to draw your urgent attention to the pathetic unionisaiion situation in Obajana Cement Company Limited, Kogi State.
“For the record, the union started the unionisation process since 2008, for which the management has continued to refuse dialogue. It has been a story of either the Group Human Resources Manager or the General Manger, Human Capital Management and other relevant managers are not always available for discussion. After all genuine efforts to dialogue with the management failed, branch union election was conducted on September 17, 2009.
“The management were duly notified about the election. No sooner the management got the introductory letter than they engaged in mass termination of workers including all the elected branch union officers.
“Consequently, the workers viewed their management action as gross act of intimidation and anti-union behaviour, therefore started a spontaneous counter reaction by withdrawing their services from October 1, 2009.”