March 30, 2023

Contract workers: Labour demands equal pay for equal work

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Joe Ajaero, NLC President

 By Victor Ahiuma-Young 

ORGANISED Labour is demanding a  harmonized salary structure for contract workers in the nation’s Petroleum Industry to ensure equal pay for jobs done in the sector.

This followed a motion on “Harmonization of Salary Structure for Contract Workers in the Oil Industry,” presented by the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, at the 13th Quadrennial National Delegates’ Conference, NDC, of NLC in Abuja.

The motion was unanimously adopted by delegates at the NDC in Abuja.

Earlier, NUPENG had pointed out that the “exploitative and precarious nature of employment in the Oil and Gas Industry by management is a thing of concern that needs to be addressed as it appears to be a policy that has come to stay with us for now.

“And if that is the case, how do we manage it effectively? It is in this light that NUPENG is advocating for a Harmonized Salary structure for a contract -workers commensurate with the industry standard.

“A harmonized salary structure for contract workers in the oil and gas industry means that wherever you are working, what you are paid should be equivalent to what another person doing the same job elsewhere is paid. That is the principle of equal pay for work of substantially equal value. Salary harmonization will check exploitative disparity by Management in the sector.

“In light of this, we wish to move the motion that the Federal Government through the Ministry of Labour and Employment in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources should harmonize the salary structure, especially for contract workers commensurate with the oil and gas industry standard as the remuneration of those in the contract employment category is outrageously low.”