By Victor Ahiuma Young
NATIONAL Union of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employees, NUFBTE, has threatened to shutdown the entire food and Beverage sector for alleged unfair labour practices by employers and managements in the industry.
At its Pre_ National Executive Council, NEC meeting, held in Asaba Delta state thonour some employers, state councils, branches and secretariat staff of the union, NUFBTE specifically named Intercontinental Distillers Plc, Ota, Ogun State, as company could trigger of industrial crisis that may lead to a shutdown of sector.
Addressing government officials, employers, labour leaders among others, President of the union, Comrade Lateef Oyelekan, called on the employers association to call the company and others like it to order to avoid a major industrial unrest in the sector.
According to him: â€œWe have some labour friendly employers, who have in policies and practices, not only given some levels of motivation to our members, but also, full support to the union towards to ensure that the union continues to grown from strength to strength. Some of the employers since the past one year that we set up the Solidarity Infinite Venture, have given full support to the Venture by ensuring that their products are not in short supply.
For some, part of the motivational measures to our members include; profit sharing besides Christmas bonus, sending staff to religious pilgrimages among others. We have no doubt enjoyed good working relationship with some of our employers and management. This is one of the reasons why we decided to honour some of them.â€
â€œIronically, there is no gainsaying the fact that there are anti_workers employers in the sector who do not wish the workers well, who are not better than the slave masters of old and who we are also publicly declaring the worst employers in the Food and Beverage sector. One of them is Intercontinental Distillers Plc, Ota, Ogun State .
The management of the company is number one workersâ€™ enemy in the sector. We want to use this medium to sound a note of warning to the management and others like it to turn a new leaf and embrace positive industrial relations.