WORKERS VOW TO RESIST RETRENCHMENT AT NIPOST

Workers, under the aegis of Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies, have vowed to resist retrenchment of workers at the Nigerian Postal Service during the execution of a planned reform at the agency. The Federal Government intends to overhaul NIPOST in a bid to reposition the country’s postal and courier system for better performance. Former Communications Minister, Adebayo Shittu, had disclosed of the plan to unbundle the agency into six different establishments, which would comprise a microfinance bank, a property and developing company, a transport and…

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SSANU, NASU WARNING STRIKES GROUND UNIVERSITIES

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union yesterday embarked on a five-day warning strike. Police and Department of State Security men yesterday manned the main gate of the University of Ibadan following the strike. The chairman of SSANU in the institution, Wale Akinremi, told newsmen that “our demands are reinstatement of the sacked teachers of the staff schools in compliance with the court judgment and immediate review of the irregularities on the issue of earn allowance, renegotiation of our agreement with the federal government, among…

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NLC ASKS NGIGE TO WITHDRAW CONTROVERSIAL LETTER TO NUPENG

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, to withdraw a controversial letter he wrote to the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG). The letter allegedly directed the union to submit its financial return within 72 hours. The NLC said this was against Section 40 of the Trade Union (Amendment) Act 2005. PREMIUM TIMES reported how NUPENG on Sunday said in a statement signed by its president, Williams Akporeha, that the labour minister sent a letter dated May 13 to the union…

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NSITF, USE OF THUGS AGAINST PROTESTERS: NLC PROTESTS MONDAY

Wabara and Ngige The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) will hold a one day national protest in Abuja on Monday following the attack on its members who were on a peaceful protest. Mr Ayuba Wabba, NLC president said this at the end of an emergency meeting of the Central Working Committee (CWC) of the NLC on Thursday in Abuja. According to Wabba, the protest is against the action of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige who engaged thugs to disrupt workers’ peaceful protest on Wednesday. He, therefore, demanded…

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SEE AS KOGI GOVT OFFICIAL, PDP BICKER OVER HOW MANY MONTHS SALARIES ARE BEING OWED

A Kogi state government official, Moses Okezie-Okafor, and a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Austin Okai, have disagreed over the number of months workers have been owed salaries by Governor Yahaya Bello. According to Okezie-Okafor, the governor had inherited four months of unpaid salaries, contrary to the nine months declared by the State chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr Onu Edoka. “When Governor Bello came into office in January 2016, he inherited about four months of unpaid salaries at the state level, the NLC chairman had listed it as…

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YOU CAN’T NEGOTIATE WITH LABOUR OYO INCOMING GOVERNOR TELLS OUTGOING GOVT

Oyo State governor-elect, Mr. Seyi Makinde The Governor-elect of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde has said he looks forward to a progressive relationship with the new executive members of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Oyo State, led by Comrade Bayo Titilola-Sodo, but warned against any booby traps in the planned negotiation by the outgoing government. In a statement signed by Prince Dotun Oyelade and made available to The Guardian in Ibadan yesterday, Makinde said he was satisfied with the level of rapport he had with the Congress during and after the…

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NGIGE INAUGURATES NSITF BOARD ONE MONTH TO END OF HIS TENURE

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja About a month to the end of his tenure, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, will on Thursday inaugurate the management board of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, The PUNCH has learnt. The programme of events which was obtained by our correspondent stated that the event would take place at the minister’s conference room at the federal secretariat, Abuja from 9am and will end at 2.30pm. Ngige’s decision to inaugurate the NSITF board comes over 18 months after President Muhammadu Buhari appointed 11 persons to…

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WORKERS BEG BUHARI OVER NEW MINIMUM WAGE BILL

  President Muhammadu Buhari Workers in the Federal Capital Territory have begged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the minimum wage bill submitted to him by the National Assembly on March 27. Some of the workers, who spoke to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja, expressed concern over the delay in signing the bill into law, adding that it was causing unnecessary anxiety. Mrs Kema Nwokedi, a civil servant based in Abuja, said the work of the tripartite committee should be completed by the president.   She asked…

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LABOUR BLOWS HOT OVER NON-SIGNING OF MINIMUM WAGE BILL

Organised labour under the aegis of Trade Union Side (TUS) of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the N30,000 National Minimum Wage Bill.This was coming on the heels of Senate’s approval of the bill last month. In a statement, the union’s chairman, Abdrafiu Adeniji, and secretary, Alade Lawal, stressed that the current N18,000 minimum wage had become very inadequate, as workers were finding it extremely difficult to cope with daily challenges thrown up by skyrocketing prices of goods and services.…

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BUHARI APPROVES COMMITTEE TO NEGOTIATE NEW MINIMUM WAGES FOR WORKERS

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, on Thursday said he had cleared nominations into the committee that would come up with a new minimum wage for workers with President Muhammadu Buhari. Although he did not disclose the membership of the yet-to-be inaugurated committee, he said it was a tripartite panel, including representatives of the Federal and state governments, as well as the private sector. Ngige disclosed this in an interview with State House correspondents at the end of a meeting he had with Buhari…

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