Strike: Union gives SEC 21-day ultimatum
• Urges DG To Reverse All Anti-labor Laws/Actions Immediately
• Strike Uncalled For, SEC Insists
Unless amicable solution is found to the lingering labour disputes in the commission, daily routine work at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may soon be grounded nationwide.
This is because a 21-day ultimatum by the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), has already been sent to the leadership of the National Assembly, Minister of Labour and Productivity, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Minister of Finance, President, Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, among others.
In the notice, signed by the Secretary-General of ASCSN, Isaac Ojemhenike and made available to The Guardian yesterday, ASCSN is demanding for the immediate reversal of all draconian and anti-labor actions/ laws now being carried out in the commission by the current Director-General of SEC, Mounir Gwarzo in violation of relevant provisions of the Nigerian constitution.
Further, the leadership of the union is demanding for the immediate recall of the entire unit Executive Officials of the Association, who were wrongfully deployed/transferred from the Commission’s Headquarters in Abuja to Kano and Lagos, in gross disregard of the ongoing conciliation in the Federal Ministry of Labor and Productivity.
The union recalled that when Gwarzo, was appointed as the Director-General of the commission on May, 2015, he kick-started the process of de-unionization in the commission, as part of his intention to turn the commission into a slave camp.
It therefore warned that upon the expiration of the deadline, “if our demands are not met, the national leadership of the association should not be held responsible when the employees of the commission nation-wide, whose patience has been overstretched on this matter, decide to deploy trade union actions available to them to redress the situation.’’
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