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TUC warns against removal of labour from exclusive legislative list

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With the proposed review of the country’s labour laws, the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), has raised an alarm over attempts by some interests to remove labour-related issues from the exclusive legislative list.
   
While appreciating the need to review existing laws to suit the current realities in the world of work, TUC warned that the Congress will resist attempts by some interested quarters to remove such labour-related issues from the exclusive legislative list.
   
The President of TUC, Quadri Olaleye, gave the warning during the union’s National Executive Council Meeting (NEC), in Lagos.
Among other issues, the union said it will not guarantee industrial peace and harmony in states, which are yet to commence implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage/consequential adjustments by January 31st.
   
Olaleye said the Congress has directed all states to start mobilisation, warning that governors and their supporters will be responsible for whatever happens after January end.
   
“The Congress advises all state governments that have not complied with the implementation and immediate payment of the N30,000.00 new national minimum wage to commence negotiations and implementation on or before January 31st, 2020, otherwise such state government will be responsible for the consequences of its failure.
   
“State Councils have been directed to commence mobilisation of their members immediately.
   
“As at now and by our record, only six states have signed and commenced implementation, 15 states are in the process of negotiation, while the rest are yet to commence negotiation.
   
“We want to assure them this is not an empty threat. Labour will shut down any states that have not yet started the implementation or negotiation,” Olaleye said.
   
On the spate of insecurity in Nigeria, Olaleye called on the Federal Government to intensify more practical efforts towards wiping out killings, kidnapping and insurgency to save the country from total collapse.
   
He disclosed that labour has also resolved to participate in a global rally against war slated for January 25, which he noted was in view of the vulnerability of workers in a war period.
   
The Union also condemned all forms of casualisation and slave labour in Nigeria and vowed to engage any employer that violates the right of Nigerian workers to unionise and have permanent employment.
   
Additionally, the union advised the government to extend the existing local content policy in the oil sector to other sectors of the economy.


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