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Edo TUC lauds Oshiomhole

EDO state council of Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, has commended the Adams Oshiomhole-led government of Edo state for the unprecedented positive changes taking place in the state especially in the area of infrastructure and employment creation.

In a speech titled, “Things are getting better in Edo state”, State Chairman of TUC, Comrade Joe Aligbe, at the just concluded 8th Triennial Delegates conference of TUC, held in Benin city, said among others, “ once upon a time, the ups and down in the life of our teaming youths occasioned by unemployment was such that the old saying that ‘‘poverty anywhere constitute a danger to prosperity everywhere’’ was the rule rather than the exception.

However, today, every mountain and valley of unemployment is being leveled. Indeed, things are getting better in Edo state. Right now, political deviants and violators of our social ethics are no longer objects of celebration. The reward system that was heavily skewed in favour of those who manipulate the socio-economic and political order is being reversed.

The patriarchs and scions of such inheritance are losing out fast. I can see a dying dynasty because the people are leading in Edo State. However, this calls  for vigilance.

…. elects Lagos state exco

MEMBERS of the Lagos state council of Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC have elected Comrade Bello David, as Chairman of the council for the next three years.The new Chairman, until his election in a conference last week in Lagos, had been acting  in that capacity  due to the absence of the Chairman, Comrade Abubakar A S, a staff of Chevron, who is currently out of the country for official assignment.

In his acceptance speech, the new Chairman appealed to “Lagos state government  to create more vacancies for employment of young graduates, and other low level certificate owners. The private sector should desist from further retrenchment of their staff in the name of deregulation. We shall continue to resist any form of casualisation in work places. To the management/state government, we are convinced that, we are partners in progress both on improved productivity and staff welfare.

One million workers to enjoy minimum wage rise in Britain, says TUC

The Labour Government in Britain has announced  that the adult national minimum wage will rise by 2.2 per cent from £5.80 (about N1, 300) to £5.93 (N1,360) per hour  from October 2010.

The General Secretary of the British Trade Union Congress, Mr. Brendan Barber said “ This rise will benefit around a million people and will mean an extra £5.20 ( N1, 200) in the wage packet of a 40-hour per week worker on the minimum wage”. Mr. Barber remarked that “Once again the Low Pay Commission has managed to resist employer calls for a freeze and has been able to agree a modest increase to the minimum wage rate despite the difficult economic times. This is a relatively modest increase which the evidence shows employers can afford”.

He added, “’In a rich country like the UK it is important that those who do low paid jobs are not left behind. It would be particularly unfair if low paid workers had to bear a disproportionate part of the cost of the economic mess created by super-rich city bankers, who are still claiming their bonuses”.

The TUC boss said, “A decent minimum wage is one of the benchmarks of a decent society”.

UNDP officer commends ILO’s Jobs Pact

THE United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark has recommended the implementation of the ILO Global Jobs pact as a sure means of economic recovery.

Addressing the just concluded Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation ( ILO) in Geneva, Switzerlan, she said, “It is not simply that we need to create millions of jobs each year to keep pace with growth in the world’s labour force,” but also to “ have a chance of achieving the first MDG (Millennium Development Goal) of halving extreme poverty and hunger by 2015 in many countries, significantly more and better jobs will need to be created.”

She made it clear that “For nations seeking to emerge from the recession in a way which is fair and just, the Global Jobs Pact paves the way”.

Ms. Clark made these comments while  addressing the “Working Party on the Social Dimension of Globalization” (WP/SDG) of the ILO Governing Body, which considered  ways to recover and sustain growth and development. ,

Earlier in the day, Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) President Dr. Compton Bourne addressed the Working Party on the impact of the global economic crisis on developing economies and the role of multilateral development banks.

ILO Director-General, Mr. Juan Somavia  in his welcoming remarks, said: “We believe we could do more to get full value out of this articulated approach if UNDP and ILO work even more closely together”.


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