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Labour disputes: NIMC workers urge Labour Minister to intervene

Labour disputes: NIMC workers urge Labour Minister to intervene

National Identity Man­agement Commission (NIMC) workers has urged the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, to intervene in an ongoing labour issues between workers and the management of the commission, while they expresses readiness to trade on the path of dispute with the management of the commis­sion over what they describe as ‘unfair labour practices’.
The workers, under the aegis of Senior Staff Association of Statu­tory Corporations and Govern­ment Owned Companies (SSAS­CGOC), an affiliate of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), the Asso­ciation warned that a breakdown of law and order is becoming in­evitable if the management fail to see reasons with them.
Expressing its position in a letter address to Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, they urge the minister to urgently intervene by directing the com­mission to do the needful to avoid disruption of activities and the relative peace being enjoyed.
Dated 16 March, 2017, the let­ter in part read: “In accordance with Section 4 of the Trade Dis­putes Decree, 1976, I, Comrade Akin Okudero, Asst. General Sec­retary (Organising) on behalf of the General Secretary, Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corpo­rations and Government Owned Companies (SSASCGOC), hereby give notice that a trade dispute has been declared between the said SSASCGOC and NIMC manage­ment.”
It went on read, “ The points of dispute includes; the attempt by NIMC management to force all SSASCGOC members in the commission into the Association of Senior a Civil Service of Nigeria (ASCSN), against the Labour Act; biased and unfair Labour practice as well as refusal to release promo­tion letters of staff who passed the 2015 promotion examination.
“The management refusal to im­plement the recommendation of the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission on the salary structure of NIMC; and an alleged placing of officers who falsified records by obtaining fake conver­sion promotion/appointment let­ters above other staff who did not participate in the fraud.
“Victimisation of SSASCGOC executive members in NIMC, misuse and abuse of public ser­vice rules, while all steps taken to reach agreement, such as various letters written and meetings held were without resolution and to no avail.”
“We therefore call for an urgent intervention of the minister to en­able us calm the frayed nerves of our members and avoid a break­down of law and order which is becoming inevitable due to strong biase disposition of the manage­ment of the commission against the wishes of the employees of the Organisation.” The letter further said.
Meanwhile, General Secretary of SSASCGOC, Comrade Ayo Olorunfemi, has said the Associa­tion of Senior Civil Servants of Ni­geria can only organise core civil servants, adding that the staff of NIMC are not civil servants.
“By virtue of National Industrial Court (NIC) judgement , ASCSN can only unionise civil servants. Also, by virtue of that judgement SSASCGOC can unionise staff of statutory corporations and gov­ernment owned companies. What that means is that any corporate government entities that is estab­lished by Act of Parliament are statutory corporations and that also include NIMC,which was es­tablished by NIMC Act of 2007.
“The primary reason why the management of NIMC, under its present director general is resist­ing SSASCGOC is because of the issue of workers’ salaries.”

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