Chemical workers explore solutions for sectoral challenges
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and its inherent challenges, workers under the aegis of Chemical and non-Metallic Products Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (CANMPSSAN) are re-strategising on how best they can prepare themselves ahead for the future.
At the union’s yearly management/industrial relations seminar, the workers stated that there was the need to look beyond their monthly pay by investing their resources into other profitable businesses.
National President of CANMPSSAN, Segun Samson, said the theme of the seminar ‘Critical analysis of post-covid-19 on socio-economic challenges and its impact on the organised labour-chemical and non-metallic product experience’, is aimed at collaboratively engaging critical stakeholders that could help them prepare for a better future and their organisations.
He said the seminar was to empower the workers through skills acquisition and entrepreneurship training designed to prepare them for the future.
He lamented that while many states and most employers of labour are yet to implement the new minimum wage increment, employers should put measures in place to make the work environment conducive for workers.
He stressed that workers should not always bear the brunt whenever there is a shortfall in finances as collaborative engagements can help strategise for a better future for their companies.
He said CANMPSSAN as a trade union organisation decries the massive job loss in the sector through redundancy.
He lamented that members sacrificed a lot during the lockdown to ensure the survival and continuous running of some of their companies.
He said: “We, therefore, reject being used as a scapegoat whenever management is contemplating on cost-cutting measures. There is a need for the stakeholders, management and the staff to engage in meaningful deliberations that will improve input and output capacity without job losses.
“This is a difficult time for the Nigerian workers who have to deal with the challenges of loss of jobs, reduced salaries and zero appraisals at workplaces. It is an open secret that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy cut across all facets of life. Workers should not always be at the receiving end whenever there is a need to cut costs.
“Let us sustain the present momentum to pursue a socio-economic pathway that will massively improve our standard of living. The labour force must be more united than ever, the government must take responsibility for many things going wrong in our country.”