Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Senate Moves To Sanction Companies, Institutions That Proscribe Union Activities

The Senate has set in motion punitive measures to sanction any private company or institution that disallow worker’s unionism.

Senate said a very dismal condition is now increasingly compounded by the unacceptable practices and policies of some private companies and institutions that proscribe labour unionism and related forms of workers’ associations.

This situation, the lawmakers noted contravene Section 40 of the Constitution of the Federal of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) which stipulates that every person shall be entitled to assemble freely and associate with other persons, and in particular he may form or belong to any political party, trade union or any association for the purpose of his interests.

Senate Moves To Sanction Companies, Institutions That Proscribe Union Activities

This followed the motion sponsored by Senator Shehu Sani (Kaduna Central) on “the need to sanction private companies and institutions that disallow workers’ unionism in their companies.”

“This practice, having effectively silenced and weakened the voice as well as the collective platform of workers’ power, leaves them vulnerable to super exploitation and work place victimization;

“Contends that this ignominious act infringes on the fundamental rights of the Nigeria worker and ought therefore to be challenged, halted and reversed in the present democratic dispensation, and under the watchful eyes of this Distinguished 8th Senate who, by the express Will of the People and the Divine Will of the Almighty God, are the elected representatives and voice for the Nigerian people, workers inclusive,” Sani stated.

The Senate however mandated the Committee on labour matters, to as a matter of urgency, draw up measures of ensuring compliance with labour unionism in work places and to appropriately sanction erring companies.

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