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Labour threatens to picket hotels over anti-labour practices

By Gloria Nwafor
13 December 2022   |   1:32 am
Organised labour unions in the hospitality sector, yesterday, threatened to picket Sheraton, Accor, Protea and other hotels found culpable of undermining the interest of workers in Nigeria.

Organised labour unions in the hospitality sector, yesterday, threatened to picket Sheraton, Accor, Protea and other hotels found culpable of undermining the interest of workers in Nigeria.

They, however, commended the management of Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, for commitment to workers’ welfare. The unions under the Hotel and Personal Services Senior Staff (HAPSSSA) and National Union of Hotel and Personal Services Workers (NUHPSW) said only the intervention of the Federal Government could save the affected hotels from the workers’ wrath.

The president of HAPSSSA, Iyeh Adegbe, who said the unions resolved not to keep quiet, as they had approached the Ministry of Labour for intervention, lamented that big hotels engaged in unfair labour practices even after the economy has picked up from the COVID-19 era.

Adegbe raised the alarm that after sacking majority of the permanent staff during COVID-19, they resorted to massive casualisation, outsourcing and contract form of employment, with strong warning and emphasis that none of the employees should have anything to do with the union. 

According to him, “They have made it so difficult to organise their workers even when the workers have indicated interest, they will warn and intimidate them to decline over the night or they face termination of their appointments.

“Even the few that are unionised suffer stagnation as no promotion is offered unless they are willing to be converted to contract staff where they will not have a say in their own welfare.

“We have resolved not to keep quiet. We have approached the ministry of Labour and the struggle is on. We, therefore, call on all employers in the hotel industry, who are involved in the above practices to change or be prepared to face strong resistance from all the affiliates in this sector and other sister affiliates in other sectors in consultation with the two labour centres in Nigeria.”