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No employer can abolish trade unionism in power sector, says labour

IF everything goes on as planned, soon the nation’s Power sector will be fully private sector controlled following the recent agreement between the Federal Government and Labour over payment of terminal benefits for workers in the sector. In this interview with Labour Vanguard, General Secretary of the National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, Comrade Joe Ajaero, speaks on issues of job losses among others, declaring that trade unionism has come stay in the sector. Excerpts

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Labour, others rue declining manufacturing sector

Few days into 2013, the recent survey report on Industrial Development in Nigeria, with the theme Industrial Development: performance policy issues, constraints and prospects carried out by Professor Olawale Ogunkola of University of Ibadan, and Femi Aborishade of Ibadan Polytechnic, was the subject of a round table discussions by manufacturing sector unions and other stakeholders.

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Our fear for Power Sector – Labour

RECENTLY the protracted face-off between Labour and the Federal Government over the terminal benefits for workers ahead of the privatization of the assets of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, was resolved. In this interview with Saturday Vanguard, General Secretary of the National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, Comrade Joe Ajaero, who gave insight into how the deal was struck, however expressed fear over full implementation of the agreement.

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Labour, others rue declining manufacturing sector

The event facilitated by Friedrich Ebert Stiftund, FES, as part of African Industrialization Day celebration, was first observed on November 20 1990, was attended by among others, key industrial unions in the manufacturing sector, namely the National Union Textile Garments and Tailoring Workers’ of Nigeria, NUTGTWN, National Union of Chemical, Footwear, Rubber, Leather and Non-Metallic Employees, NUCFRLNMPE, Food, Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association, FOBTOB, Steel & Engineering Workers Union of Nigeria, SEWUN, the Agriculture and Allied Workers Union, AAWUN, and the Federation of Informal Workers’ Organizations of Nigeria, FIWON.

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2012 was terrible for Pensioners says TUC

TRADE Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, has described year 2012 as a very terrible year for the nation’s pensioners, even as he commended the feat of the Contributory Pension Scheme, CPS. Speaking with Pension and You, President-General of TUC, Comrade Peter Esele, faulted those expressing reservations about the Pension Reform Act, PRA 2004 and CPS, saying “I will say it categorically that the contributing pension scheme is 100 per cent intact. Nobody can illegally access the money in the scheme and the way the act is, makes me very confident and happy that my own pension is protected.”

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Pension scam in Nigeria: Role of regulator

THE question therefore is why has it become very easy for government officials to embezzle pension fund in such magnitude. The truth is that the pre 2004 pension reform pension administration in the public service lacked transparency and accountability. Transparency is the quality of being clear, honest and open.

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