NLC Threatens To Picket Companies, Organisations Over Anti-Labour Practices

As part of the activities marking the World Day for Decent Work, the Nigeria Labour Congress says it will picket some companies and organisations in Lagos and Abuja over alleged anti-labour practices.

Mr Solomon Adelegan, the NLC Vice- President, made this known on Wednesday in Lagos while briefing newsmen at its Lagos Secretariat in Yaba.

According to an online publication, News and Media, the World Day for Decent Work, marks annually on Oct.7, upholds that good, decent jobs are the key to strengthening families and building an economy that puts people first.

“Decent work is pretty straight ahead: a job in a workplace that is safe, provides a fair and liveable income, is non-discriminatory, and is respectful of workers’ rights to unionize without reprisal.’’

Adelegan said that the 10th anniversary of the World Day for Decent Work (WDDW) to be celebrated in Nigeria under the NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, would be dedicated to global mobilisation against anti-labour practices.

“The congress, in joining the global campaign, is picketing anti-workers workplaces in Lagos, Abuja and in all the 36 states of the federation on Oct. 6 and 7.

`Simultaneously, the exercise will be carried out in all the 36 states of the federation and will be done in batches.

“We are, therefore, using this medium to advise employers that engage in the violation of workers’ right to desist forth with or attract the wrath of workers.

“Access to decent work is the best way for young people to realise their aspirations,’’ he said.

Adelegan said that the congress were demanding for stoppage of casualisation of workers, pay them a living wage, and allow the workers to form and belong to trade unions of their choice.

“This year will be a day whereby we will all stand up for decent work.

“It is inevitable because employers are continually using casualisation as a form of work in several places.

“Decent work has a fair income and ensures security in the workplace and social protection for families.

“It incorporates prospects for personal development and social integration as well as freedom for people.

“The basic principles of decent work were signed by all member nations of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and particularly, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“However, the violation of the basic principles of decent work is ongoing in Nigeria,’’ the NLC leader said. (NAN)

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