NAICOM seeks government’s intervention in union’s strike
The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), the industry regulator, has sought the intervention of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, to intervene in the industrial strike embarked upon by the amalgamated Union of Public corporations, Civil Service Technical Recreational Services Employment (AUPCTRE).
This is contained in a letter signed by its Director, Admin and Human Resource, Adamu Balanti, which was made available to newsmen.
According to him, the industrial action was embarked upon without notice to management and without recourse to the laid down procedure on dispute resolution.
The letter thus read: “We write to formally complain on the industrial action embarked upon this morning by the staff of the commission under the auspices of the amalgamated Union of public corporations, Civil Service Technical Recreational Services Employment (AUPCTRE).
“We were surprise that the union embarked on the industrial action by locking up the office premises and sitting outside the gate with placards chanting songs. The striking staff shut down the system through switching off the Internet, intercom and power services.
“This industrial action has been embarked upon without notice to management and without recourse to the laid down dispute resolution procedure. The management is aware of the cause of the dispute that led to the action taken by the union.
“Kindly recall that management had earlier written to you regarding the interpretation of the jurisdiction scope of the amalgamated Union of public corporation, Civil Service technical and recreational services employment as currently constituted in our organisation.
We would want to fully implement the contents of the earlier letter from the Registrar of Trade Union.
“Kindly take immediate steps to facilitate the foregoing and also intervene to stop this action by the union in the interest of peace and progress of our organisation and the nation at large.”
Speaking further, he said the workers’ union had shut the business premises of the Commission and prevented access into the building, and to maintain law and order, the Department of State Security (DSS) attached to the Commission had waded into the crises.
He however said the operatives ensured that management left the premises without being attacked, as the protest was getting violent.
Recall that NAICOM staff had embarked on strike to protest the transfer of its union Chairman to the Inspectorate Directorate Office, which was recently relocated from the Head Office in Abuja, to the Lagos Control Office for better service delivery to stakeholders.
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