Workers mobilize colleagues to rescue CAC staff from tyranny, NLC give’s matching order to picket LABOUR

Workers mobilizes colleagues to rescue CAC staff from tyranny,NLC give’s matching order to picket the commission over anti-union activities

Workers across Ministries, Department and agencies are mobilizing  their colleagues, set to rescue CAC staff from the alleged tyrannical leadership,  NLC give’s  matching order to picket the commission

The picketing will take effect from Wednesday 24, February 2021 at the premises CAC in Abuja and others across the country over the management’s anti- union activities.

NLC President Ayuba Wabba who said this at the congress’ meeting declared that “the right to belong to a trade union of choice by workers is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the Universal Declaration on Human Rights of the United Nations, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and relevant sections of the Trade Union Act.”

He disclosed further that conventions 87 and 98 of the International Labour Organisation which Nigeria ratified upon attaining independence amply protects the fundamental rights of workers to organise, join trade unions of their choice and freely enter into collective bargaining with employers in the public and in the private sectors of the economy.

Waba said: “Of recent, we have witnessed an upsurge in attack against trade union rights by some organizations in Nigeria. First is the corporate irresponsibility of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) which management has introduced very draconian measures to stifle trade unions and workers rights in the establishment.

“The management has institutionalized a practice of punitive transfers and other forms of punishment against trade union leaders and workers who dare speak up for their rights in the CAC. Many members of AUPCTRE have been affected in this wise. Also, the management of CAC has refused to remit check off dues accruing to AUPCTRE.

“This is aimed at killing unionism in CAC. In order to cover their tracks, the management of CAC has also tried to introduce divide and rule tactics between the unions in CAC.

“The management of CAC also attempts to adorn its industrial tyranny with a robe of officialdom by taking AUPCTRE to court. Our response as Organized Labour is simple – we will picket CAC for three days as a warning to other employers who desire to tow CAC’s line of perfidy. Our message is very clear – no one can take away the rights of workers and trade unions to organise, unionise and engage in collective bargaining.”

The NEC re-echoed that the fundamental rights to peaceful assembly and protests by citizens is a universal right that should never be breached. NEC, therefore, took a very strong stance against the rising waves of anti-union practices by some employers in Nigeria.

“In the case of the Corporate Affairs Commission, the NEC resolved to mobilize the strength of the Nigerian workforce to picket the national headquarters of the CAC for three days”.

Meanwhile, the Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies (SSASCGOC) has described the move by NLC as an open invitation to anarchy.

In a letter addressed to the minister of Industry, trade and investment, Oyunba Niyi Adebayo, the association said the entire membership of SSASCGOC who are affiliate of Trade Union Congress are all waiting and warming up.

The letter which was signed by the general secretary, Comrade Ayo Olorunfemi, accused NLC of deploring the instrumentality of academic exercise and threats, in fruitless attempt to set aside the judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction through the back door.

He, however, urged the minister to call a meeting of the NLC/AUPCTRE, TUC/SSASGOC, Registrar General CAC, EFCC, DSS ICPC and Federal Ministry of Labour a view to uncovering the problem.

Breaking: NLC set to shutdown operations of CAC from Wednesday

The  Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have resolved to mobilize the strength of the Nigeria workforce to picket the National Headquarters of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) at the expiration of 14 days ultimatum’ effective from Wednesday, February 24-26, 2021

According to communiqué signed by Comrade Ayuba Waba NLC President, Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja General Secretary and made available to Aluta News in Abuja on Sunday

They Apex body of the Nigeria Labour Unions has berated the management of CAC for an attempt to kill unionism in the establishment through punitive transfer of trade Union executive,withholding of workers salaries and refusal to remit statutory deductions

The NLC also frowned at the anti-labour practices by Alhaji Garba Abubakar Registrar General of the CAC

Recalled that the National body of AUPCTRE led by Comrade Benjamin Anthony had made frantic effort to dialogue with CAC management but failed

The CAC RG has ignored every avenue of dialogue and peaceful resolution provided by AUPCTRE which eventually led to the Apex body taking over the dispute with the hope of having amicable resolution’ but  also yielded no result because the CAC RG continue to remain adamant and firm with his alleged tyrannical agenda!!

Aluta News reports that the branch Union, among other issues, accused CAC management of unilaterally restricting staff vacancies against the recommendations of the committee on the commission’s oganogram, and particularly expressed disgust at the “unjustified barring of certain categories of staff from writing promotion examination”.

It also accused management of stopping all staff loans, hasty, draconian and unilateral decision making leadership style, and denial of 2019 promotion arrears to deserving workers.

It also accused management of stopping salaries of workers even before queries were issued, at the peak of COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead of addressing the Union grievances the Registrar General CAC transferred all the 25 executive and members of the Union to a new station.

Showdown

Sensitization, mobilization currently ongoing in all branches of AUPCTRE and others affiliates of NLC toward ensuring a successful picketing of CAC National Headquarters.

BREAKING: Oyo water corporation staff suspend strike, resume Thursday 18

Workers of Water Corporation of Oyo State (WCOS), according to the information authoritatively reaching City Hill News, have suspended their indefinite strike.

It would be recalled that the indefinite strike was begun on Monday 15 due to what they referred to as insensitivity of government to their demands.

The demands being agitated for by the workers of water corporation included but limited to outstanding deductions of salaries, tools and chemicals to provide water for the residents of the state and appointment of a new general manager.

Our source informed that the strike has been suspended and the striking staff have been directed to resume work on Thursday 18 following the agreement reached between the labour leaders and the state government.

CHN learnt that Comrade Ibrahim Muhammed, the state secretary of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Technical & Recreational Emoloyees (AUPCTRE) and other representatives of WCOS staff have been in talks with the Oyo State Government since 4pm of Tuesday 16.

Details later…

Oyo Water staff protest poor funding, seal secretariat

The staff of the Water Corporation in Oyo State, yesterday, blocked all entrances of the secretariat complex, Agodi, Ibadan, protesting non-remittance of cooperative deductions from their salaries and non-payment of arrears by the state government.

The workers demanded an increase in monthly subvention, recruitment of workers and appointment of substantive general manager for the corporation, safety of lives and property, and payment of outstanding deductions, amongst others.

The protest led to gridlock around the secretariat premises, creating chaos as both motorists and pedestrians had a hard time gaining entry.

The angry staff carried placards with various inscriptions such as, “Where is one billion nairas meant for chemicals?” “Save workers of water corporation from hunger and poverty,” and “Don’t kill water corporation.”

The workers had, a few weeks ago, begun an indefinite strike to press home their demands. Speaking with newsmen, the secretary of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees, and also the state secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ibrahim Muhamed, called on Governor Seyi Makinde to wade into the matter.

He said there was the need for the governor to appoint a new General Manager for the corporation to fully address their demands.

He said: “In Oyo State, workers of the Amalgamated Union are showing their displeasure at the state government for not honoring the demands and some of the demands are, deductions which are rights of workers, have not been paid; there is no provision of chemicals for the corporation to produce water for the good people of Oyo State.

“We heard that the state government even approved N1billion for procurement of chemicals and we don’t know where the N1billion is and where the chemicals are,” he said.