By Victor Ahiuma-Young
THE Federal Government through the Ministry of Labour and Employment, has declined recognition of both the Agriculture and Allied Employees Union of Nigeria, AAEUN, and the Agriculture and Allied Workers Union, AAWUN, factions as unions in the Agriculture sector.
Consequently, the Ministry has withdrawn the Certificate of Registration Reg. No. 0112 issued to Agricultural and Allied Employees Union of Nigeria, AAEUN.
Both factions emerged following disagreement of fusing into one and have been working at cross purposes for sometime.
In a letter dated January 31, 2019, by Mrs O.U, Akpan, Director, Trade Union Services and Industrial Relations Department, on behalf of the Minister of Labour and Employment, the government said the withdrawal was in compliance with court order in respect to APP.NO. CA/L92/10 SUIT NO.FHC/L/CS/311/2009.
A copy of the letter to the affected unions, reads: “I am directed to refer to the above mentioned suit and Appeal Court judgment involving your Union and to inform you that the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, pursuant to its statutory mandate of ensuring a peaceful industrial relations climate, and especially in compliance with the consent judgment as referred to above has decided as follows;
“The Ministry forthwith declines recognition of both the Agriculture and Allied Employees Union of Nigeria, AAEUN and the Agriculture and Allied Workers Union, AAWUN factions as Unions in the Agriculture sector. Consequent upon (i) above, the Ministry hereby withdraws the Certificate of Registration Reg. No. 0112 issued to Agricultural & Allied Employees Union of Nigeria, AAEUN.
“In view of the above, both factions – AAEUN & AAWUN – are hereby directed to meet and come up with a registrable name in compliance with section 27 of the Trade Unions Acts CAP.T14 (LFN) 2004. Note, however, that all parties to the Terms of Settlement which formed the basis of consent judgment must be part of the process as provided by Section 27 of the Trade Unions Act.”