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Labour, Siemens settle dispute

By Funmi Komolafe
TRADE Union Congress of Nigeria ( TUC )  and its affiliate, Precision, Electrical and Related Equipment Senior Staff Association, PERESSA and Siemens Limited Nigeria, have settled their lingering dispute over  the termination  of the appointment of  a  official of Simens,  Mr. Moses Onibudo, and other issues.

Other issues resolved at a recent meeting  of  the parties included unfair labour practice, expatriate quota abuse, lack of due process in the handling of labour relations issues and incapacitation of PERESSA Siemens Limited Nigeria Branch.

The communique reads  “ Following exhaustive deliberation at the bilateral and tripartite meetings held over the issues in dispute both Siemens Limited and PERESSA agree to the following terms of settlement: That the dismissal from employment of Mr. Moses Onibudo is reversed and consequently the dismissal letter withdrawn immediately.

That the resignation from employment tendered by Mr. Moses Onibudo be accepted by management immediately. That Siemens Limited Nigeria withdraws its complaint against Mr, Moses Onibudo from the Isolo Magistrate Court provided that Mr. Moses Onibudo accepts section (1), (2) and (4) of this settlement.

That Siemens Limited pays to Mr, Moses Onibudo 70% of his end of service benefits as negotiated during the deliberation accordingly within (3) three days from the date of this agreement provided that Mr. Moses Onibudo accepts this amount as final settlement of all claims against Siemens Limited in writing.”

NYSC members commend NDE on job creation

Members of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC)  under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have commended the management of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) for its contribution to national growth through employment creation.

The group  led by its President and Vice President Mr. Joseph Danjuma Ngati and Bilkisu Sulaiman Ibrahim said that most of the MDGs goals are in line with the mandate of the NDE. The group said that it would carry out a public enlightenment and advocacy drive to sensitise Nigerian youths on job training opportunities being executed by the NDE under its job creation programme.

Speaking on the occasion the Director-General of the NDE Mallam Abubakar Mohammed said that the directorate has been purposely working with friendly and co-operative institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and  individuals so as to further boost the realization of its mandate of job creation and poverty alleviation.

Financial crisis hits Labour staff in Geneva

Staff of the ministry of labour at the Nigerian High Commission in Geneva, Switzerland  are in a deep financial crisis. Reason.  They have not been paid salaries for about five months.

According to sources in Geneva, the staff risk being thrown out of their homes anytime from now as they are neck deep in debt for their accommodation and are unable to pay up other bills such as electricity , insurance

A Nigerian resident in Geneva told Labour Vanguard that  the children of the diplomats have not been spared the agony of their  parents as many  have dropped out of school.

As at the time of this report, it was not clear  what the ministry of labour is doing to address the problems of the three employees who  have no other means of livelihood and according to our sources  cannot engage in other jobs. The Labour  office in Geneva is the link between the ministry of labour  and the International Labour Office in Geneva.


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