By Victor Ahiuma-Young
LAGOS—TRADE Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, yesterday blamed employers in the Food and Beverage sector of the economy , on the aegis of Association of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employers, AFBTE, for workers’ strike that have crippled the sector for a second day running.
Workers in the sector on the platform Food, Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association, FOBTOB, had Monday began an industrial action following a breakdown of negotiation of collective agreement to review upward their salaries and other fringe benefits.
General Secretary, of FOBTOB told Vanguard yesterday that the strike had recorded 100 percent success
Iji recalled that “a meeting was held on Friday December 8, 2017 with the AFBTE in an effort to reconcile our interests after several disagreements.
”Discussions broke down once again as the AFBTE maintained the position that it is satisfied with the current status-quo and would be willing to continue discussion early in 2018, except FOBTOB will accept its offer of 14% as opposed to our 20% demand which according to our industry records is the lowest rate in the past 17 years.”
Meanwhile, TUC which FOBTOB is affiliated, in a statement by its President and Secretary General, Bobboi Kaigama and Musa Lawa, respectively, condemned perceived decision AFBTE to deny a reasonable increment of 20% in the negotiation between it and FOBTOB members at the National Joint Industrial Council, NJIC.