January 15, 2016

Labour reaches agreement with Nycil over sacked staff

By Oboh Agbonkhese

OTTA—The four union executive committee members sacked by Nycil Nigeria Ltd. will get one year gross salary, while the 13 other staff will get six months, according to the agreement reached between National Union of Chemical, Footwear, Rubber, Leather and Non-Metallic Products Employees, NUCFRLAMPE, and Nycil with the Ministry of Labour, Ogun State Office, mediating.

The resolution ended the picketing of Nycil headquarters at Otta, Ogun State, which had entered day two, following the sack of 17 workers during the yuletide break in what NUCFRLAMPE National President, Comrade Boniface Isok described as “an ambush.”

After the negotiation, which lasted for hours, Isok told journalists: “We gave the company seven days to recall the 17 workers but they ignored us, so we locked up the company. Thank God for the agreement, this must be implemented within seven days.

“Most importantly, we have succeeded in making Nycil management realise that they are not dealing with politicians, houseboys or girls, but an institution backed by the masses.”
Terms of agreement

According to the agreement signed by Isok, Comrade Douglas Adiele, NUCFRLAMPE National Secretary; Prince Olufemi Olugbogi, HR/Admin Manager; Mr. Wole Sanni, Internal Auditor, both for Nycil, and Mr. Clement Fatoki, for Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, there will be no more indiscriminate and incessant sacking, management will respect the union, while workers will pursue peace and progress; and no worker will be victimised for role(s) played in resolving the conflict.

Workers and labour officials had turned Nycil premises to a carnival stand since Tuesday, with singing, trumpets and drums, displaying placards with inscriptions: respect workers’ right, stop precarious works, say no to casual and contract employment, among others.

Meanwhile, a reliable source said the company had sacked 45 people before the case of the 17, prepared a list of 13 more to be disengaged, while the goal is to reduce the workforce to 50.