Honour industrial court ruling on jurisdiction of union members in paper industry ―PPAPPPASSA

Pulp Paper and Paper Products, Printing and Publishing Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PPAPPPAPSSAN) has called on all workers from the supervisory level in the sector, to honour its jurisdictional scope for a robust collective bargaining approach.

PPAPPPAPSSAN said that the call is in line with the National Industrial Court Judgement which stated that the jurisdictional scope of  National Union of Printing, Publishing and Paper Products Workers (NUPPPPROW) is limited to junior workers in the sector

According to a statement signed the National President and General Secretary of PPAPPPAPSSAN, Comrade Dada Joseph, Comrade Comrade Benedict  Ikegbulam, said  the dispute between both unions has been settled and workers must be made to belong to their appropriate union

PPAPPPAPSSAN stated that “No junior workers trade union can negotiate, represent or defend the course of senior employees anywhere in Nigerian for lack of locus stand. This is the had realities and the position of the law in trade unionism in Nigeria. It may be pertinent here to inform the workers and the employers in the industry that Nigeria National Industrial Court is the final arbiter in all trade union disputes in Nigeria.”

The union explained that “the jurisdictional scope of the two unions generated a lot of controversies between them for over two decades and every effort of PPAPPPAPSSAN to settle the matter out of Court proved abortive. 

“This confusion was capitalized on, by the employers in the industry to choose which of the two unions to operate in the Company rather than having the two simultaneously as provided in labour laws. This is in spite of Federal Ministry of labour’s several clarifications on the matter. 

“It was on the consistent refusal of NUPPPPROW to limit its membership to its jurisdictional scope (junior workers) in the industry that forced PPAPPPAPSSAN to approach the National Industrial Court to interpret the jurisdictional scope of the two unions in May 2019.” 

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The union stressed that “the Court presided over by His Lordship HON JUSTICE (DR) I. J. ESSIEN in the  Suit no NJIC/LA/243/2019 in its judgement delivered on Monday 11th May 2020 granted PPAPPPAPSSAN all its prayers as follows:

“The jurisdictional scope of the defendant shall be limited to junior staff while that of the claimant to senior staff from supervisory or equivalent level upward within the pulp paper and paper products, printing, and publishing companies and industries wherever it exists in Nigeria as approved and registered by the registrar of trade unions and also pursuant  to Memorandum of Agreement reached by both parties at the instance of the federal ministry of labour dated 23rd September 2016.

“An order of this honourable court is hereby made mandating, directing and compelling the defendant to immediately restrict its membership to junior staff within the pulp paper and paper products, printing, and publishing companies and industries in Nigeria.

“An order of this honourable court is hereby made directing the defendant to immediately de-unionise senior  staff of the paper products industry and the printing and publishing industry wherever they may be found  in Nigeria.”

The union urged all workers and employers in all Paper, Printing and Publishing industries,  Companies and Corporations to be wary of mischief makers who may be parading or distributing notice of appeal as if it is court Judgement and embrace the realities of the NIC Judgement as highlighted above.

NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

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