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Workers union protests over unpaid salary, illegal promotions at SON Hqtrs

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Victoria Ojeme

ABUJA: The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), FCT council has demonstrated at the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) corporate head offices in Abuja and Lagos.

AUPCTRE accused SON management of disrespecting the directives of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment on volunteerism and threatened to embark on an indefinite strike if its demands are not met.

The union members are protesting and demanding that the management of SON, immediately reverse the illegal promotion of some of the staff members employed in 2016 from CONRAISS 8 to CONRAISS 12, CONRAISS 7 to CONRAISS to CONRAISS 10 and CONRAISS 8 to CONRAISS 9 within four months of their resumption at the Director General’s discretion.

In a statement by the FCT Secretary of AUPCTRE, Comrade Sikira Waheed, the union demands that SON management should henceforth stop all acts of intimidation and victimisation of AUPCTRE members and officials and the reversal of all punitive transfers effected since management’s onslaught on the union after the headquarters branch elections.

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The other demands of the union are; “immediate approval and implementation of the SON condtion of service.”

“Immediate withdrawal of all circulars and memos issued by SON to coerce AUPCTRE members to forcibly renounce their membership of the union and to join a management preferred union.”

“Immediate payment of salary arears of staff employed in 2016 and the 2018 promotion arears.”

“Immediate return of all officers on directorate cadre on secondment in SON to their former posts, including those that have exceeded the statutorily allowed period of secondment and scheming to illegally perpetuate their illegal stay in the organization at the expense of SON staff members that are qualified to fill their present positions.”

“Independent review of all contracts awarded, including the nationwide stakeholder’s senstisation workshop consultancy contracts awarded from 2016 to date, the recovery of SON funds where applicable and prosecution of everyone found to have contravened the provision of the Public Procure Act or mismanaged the organisation’s funds by the relevant ant-graft agencies.”

 

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