Ministry of Labour and employment has denied membership of a breakaway
labour union led by Mr. Igwe Achezie, comprising the union of
electrical energy employees and the union of oil employees.
Daily Times, recall that the physique emerged in the course of the Nigerian Labour
Congress NLC demand of Minimum wage for Nigerian employees.
Briefing the press Thursday in Abuja, the minister of labour and
employment Senator Chris Ngige, introduced that the eye of the
Federal Minister of Labour and Employment, has been drawn to a number of
media publications and statements signed by Mr. Didi Adodo on behalf
of the Association – the United Labour Congress (ULC) – as its
According to Dr. Ngige,the statements gave the misunderstanding that
this Association is a Government acknowledged Federation of Trade
Unions. That the assertion and letters issued in the previous few weeks
embrace those who gave the Federal Government a 14 – day ultimatum
stating that some Trade Unions it “claims” as associates will go on
strike over some points that are of nationwide significance.
Again, that the problems embrace that the Federal Ministry of Labour and
Employment ought to arrange a process drive instantly to hold out manufacturing facility
inspection; that Government ought to overview the privatization of Power
Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), and that the Army and Police ought to
withdraw their males in several work locations the place they’re at present
stationed as they intimidate and harass employees in such institution.
Also the ULC calls for the quick launch of her “Registration Certificate”.
The Minister mentioned that “Our quick response is to remind the
promoters of this Association that they’re NOT but a Federal
Government acknowledged Federation of Trade Unions and therefore can not
converse on behalf of any Trade Union.
The Trade Unions Act, CAP T14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN)
2004, is explicitly clear on how a bunch of Trade Unions can coalesce
to kind a Federation of Trade Unions. Section 35(1)(b) states inter
alia “A Federation of Trade Unions could also be registered by the Registrar
if … it’s made up of 12 or extra Trade Unions none of which SHALL have
been a member of one other registered Federation of Trade Unions.”
The promoters of ULC ought to fulfil this requirement to qualify to be
registered. To name out employees on “Essential Services” for a nationwide
strike with none main commerce dispute with their direct employers
might be tantamount to blatant violation of our extant Labour Laws and
International Labour Standards.
Dr Ngige additional, famous that each Nigerians know that the Nigeria
Labour Congress (NLC) – the oldest Federation of Trade Unions in
Nigeria – has been factionalised since after her elections in 2014 and
the Government by way of the Ministry of Labour and Employment had been
making efforts to resolve the controversies that arose from the
disputed elections. This to Government is democracy within the observe of
Trade Unionism in Nigeria.
Also he careworn that group of Trade Unions is free to ask for
registration as a Federation if they’re dissatisfied with their
current Federation. However, they have to fulfill the situations
precedent of getting 12 NEW Trade Unions that weren’t beforehand
affiliate of any of the prevailing Federations. In this case, the
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC),
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Government won’t fold her arms
and permit any group of individuals take the legislation into their arms by
openly threatening to commit Economic Sabotage by shutting down
important companies within the Oil and Gas, Power, and Aviation Sectors as
threatened by the promoters of ULC.
Members of the Trade Unions who’re sympathetic to the ULC talked about
within the Press Statement are suggested to go about their duties within the
curiosity of a peaceable industrial relations surroundings and for the
good of our nationwide financial system.
Government will guarantee safety in all work locations”.
Idu Jude Abuja