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Labour issues ultimatum to Olam

By Victor Ahiuma-Young

By Victor Ahiuma-Young
ORGANISED Labour in the nation’s Food and Beverage sector, has issued a 21-day ultimatum to the management of one of the nation’s leading food processing and distributive company, Olam Company Limited, over alleged refusal to allow its workers join union of their choice in line with section 40 of Nigeria’s constitution and Trade Union Amendment Act of 2005.

In a letter to the Managing Director of Olam, dated May 11, 2010 and titled “ Re-inauguration of Olam branch of NUFBTE.”, the union warned that at the expiration of the ultimatum, if the management of Olam still remains recalcitrant and fails to allow the workers join NUFBTE which they have fulfilled all legal requirements, the company should prepare to face the wrath of Labour.

NUFBTE in the letter by its Acting General Secretary, Comrade Bamidele Busari, reads in part: “ We once again draw your attention to the above subject matter, and to respond to your letter Ref. BU/OL/FEB/Vol.2/10 dated 22nd February, 2010, we wish to state as follows:-

We are not in anyway disputing the origin of your Organization registered by the corporate affairs commission as a trading company with the purpose of Export and Import of Agro commodities. We also appreciate and accept the fact that your workers (employees) had at that particular time agitated for unionization which you consented for their affiliation with National Union of Shops and Distributive Employees (NUSDE) where your business falls as at then.


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