The federal lawmaker representing Idanre/Ifedore Federal Constituency, Hon. Tajudeen Adefisoye has called on the Federal Government to put mechanisms and policies in place to stop the casualization of workers and ensure that employers of labour also conform with an internationally acceptable standard of employment in the country.
Adefisoye took this position on Tuesday during plenary while he moved a motion on the worrisome cases of endless casualization of Nigerian workers by foreign firms. He cited Indian, Chinese, and Lebanese firms operating in the country as mainly the private sector employers that are notorious for the casualization of their Nigerian workers.
The Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Army further stressed that private and public sector employers have capitalized on the high level of unemployment in the country to subject their workers to servitude under dehumanizing working conditions.
“Statistics from Nigerian Labour Congress indicate that many workers in the telecommunications, oil and gas, Mining, Steel, Banking, and Insurance industries are on casual employment.
“Aware that section 7 (1) 2004 of the Labour Act stipulates that no worker should be on probation or on temporary employment for more than three months”.
Meanwhile, the lawmaker also expressed worry on the reported cases of Nigerian workers that have worked for several years as casual workers or contract staff without being regularized. He also expressed concern on the gory details of foreign firms, mostly Indian, Chinese and Lebanese firms that physically assault and restricting the movement of their Nigerian workers as well as the reckless culture of exposing the workers to various industrial hazards.
The motion further reads, “Further aware that the International Labour Organization recognizes the transition of employees from temporary to permanent within three to twelve months of their contracts, but in one of the reports, Nigeria was grossly indicted on account of frequent termination of workers’ employment when they became qualified to be considered for permanent employment”.
More so, Adefisoye equally lamented the emotional and psychological effects of casualization on workers that are dismissed arbitrarily at the whims and caprices of their employers on a daily basis. He further lamented that the concerned category of workers are dismissed without any form of benefit because they lack the legal status and this also makes the workers dispensable at the convenience of their employers.
However, Adefisoye has urged the House of Representatives to condemn the continuous and persistent casualization of workers as well as the degrading treatment being meted to them by their employers. He further resolved that the leadership of the House should mandate the Committee on Labour, Employment, and Productivity to ensure compliance with an internationally acceptable standard of employment in Nigeria.