NLC to picket Corporate Affairs Commission

Issues 14 days ultimatum to Turkish Airline, Caverton Helicopter

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said it has resolved to picket the corporate headquarters of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Abuja for three days, over its anti-labour activities.

The congress has also issued a 14-day ultimatum to the management of Turkish Airline and Caverton Helicopter to reinstate all sacked trade union executives and desist from further anti-union actions.

The congress, while taking this decision at its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held in Abuja, said it would mobilize the strength of the Nigerian workforce to picket the national headquarters of the CAC for three days.

“The NEC also resolved to issue a 14-day ultimatum to the management of Turkish Airline and Caverton Helicopter to reinstate all sacked trade union executives and desist from further anti-union actions.” NLC President, Comrade Ayubba Wabba, said.

The NLC frowned at the increasing attack against workers and trade union rights by employers of labour in both the public and private sector.

Specifically, the congress berated the management of the Corporate Affairs Commission for attempts to kill unionism in the establishment, especially through the punitive transfer of trade union executives, withholding of workers’ salaries and refusal to remit statutory deductions.

Also, the NLC decried the sack of trade union executives by Turkish Airline and the anti-unionization stance of Caverton Helicopters.

“The NEC deplored the industrial tyranny by Turkish Airlines and Caverton Helicopters. The NEC also decried continued violation of workers’ rights in the banking sector especially through the imposition of outrageous targets and absence of formal machinery for collective bargaining,” Wabba said.

The NLC further re-echoed that the fundamental rights to peaceful assembly and protests by citizens are universal rights 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,” the NLC president said.

The congress, therefore, called on banks in Nigeria to desist from the modern-day slavery of imposing unrealistic revenue targets on their employees.

It called on the Central Bank of Nigeria to direct all the management of banks in Nigeria to constitute the employers’ representative body – the Nigeria Employers Association of Banks and Allied Institutions – to ensure seamless collective bargaining machinery in Nigeria’s banking industry.

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