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  •  The Labour Civil Society Situation Room on COVID 19 has criticised the arbitrary deduction in the salaries and pension of workers and pensioners by the Kaduna State Government and other States Mr Ayuba Wabba the President Nigeria Labour Congress NLC and Chairman of the Labour Civil Society Situation Room said this in a communiqu issued at the end of a meeting on Thursday in Abuja The meeting was held to review the recent developments pertaining to the management of the COVID 19 pandemic particularly on the economic front Wabba said that the Labour Civil Society Situation Room reviewed the decision by the Kaduna state government and a few other states to deduct the salaries of workers in their states including healthcare workers battling the COVID 19 challenge Even worse is the threat by Gov Nasir El Rufai to sack affected workers if they go on strike This anti worker practice championed by the Kaduna State government violates the fundamental principles and rights at work These principles and rights are key components of the International Labour Organisation ILO global labour standards and are also codified in our laws The infringement of these rights is a crude abuse of power and akin to modern day slavery Wages are binding contracts which cannot be unilaterally or arbitrarily reviewed It is unfortunate that while some states are giving incentives to workers at this time of grave health emergency in line with global trend The Kaduna State Government is taking away from workers and pensioners This is nothing but a full blown industrial tyranny he said Wabba said the situation room was behind the ultimatum by workers in the affected states for a reversal of the unjust decision adding it fully stands by workers resolve to embark on strike if their demands were not met He said the Labour Civil Society Situation Room demanded that the state governments must reciprocate Federal Government s gesture in granting moratorium on repayment of budget support palliatives by paying workers and pensioners their full entitlements We also renew our calls for investigation on how states used the palliatives and Paris Club refunds We demand that private sector employers should stop the retrenchment of workers in the guise of COVID 19 as such moves would only impair efforts geared at economic revitalisation he said Wabba said that the Labour Civil Society Situation Room applauded the Federal Government for reversing the directive by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN to place workers on half salaries based on the claims of shortfall in revenue owing to COVID 19 This is the way to go for all employers in the public and private sectors in order to protect the livelihood and dignity of workers The continued incidence of job losses income deprivation and denial of the means of livelihood for workers by some employers in Nigeria on the excuse of COVID 19 is a source of worry to us he said The NLC president therefore said that Labour Civil Society Situation Room recommended that for immediate term governments should adopt a measured approach to the fallout of COVID 19 Wabba said government should not cut down on budgetary allocations to education health agriculture and infrastructure as these sectors were critical for the needed economic rebound and growth He also said government should unfreeze the embargo on public sector jobs adding that hike in user access charges on public utilities should be shelved for the next six months Given the abuse of security votes by many political office holders we call for the scrapping of security votes from public budgeting in Nigeria We call on political office holders to reduce their salaries and allowances in order to free up finances for other areas of national developmental needs We also call for an end to medical and education tourism for elected public officials and their families We call for an immediate stop to the practice of borrowing to finance consumption We call for foreign loans where necessary to be tied exclusively to capital projects with feasible income and debt repayment potentials cum projections he said Wabba also called for accelerated disbursement of palliatives and loans to workers in the informal sector He said that this should be transparent inclusive and monitored by mass based groups adding that the conditions for access to the loans should be minimal to deepen access Wabba said the Labour Civil Society Situation Room also recommended that the budgetary and planning process in Nigeria should be overhauled to become more socially inclusive citizens centred value objective and reflective of real national developmental needs We call on the National Assembly to set in motion legislative processes to deliver the promises of Chapter Two of Nigeria s Constitution On the budget process we must cut our cloth according to our materials We must discard the use of assumptive and deficit budgets that cannot be funded by available resources and heavily dependent on local and foreign loans especially for recurrent expenditure We call for the resuscitation of Ajaokuta Iron and Steel Complex proper governance for our solid minerals sector revival of moribund textile factories and other manufacturing concerns as a demonstration of our commitment to economic diversification he said Wabba said the Labour Civil Society Situation Room reiterates its commitment to defend jobs wages and livelihoods He added that all interventions in this crisis must be geared at enhancing productivity stimulating economic growth promoting diversification of the economy and mobilising and empowering national productive forces Edited By Chidinma Agu Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    Labour, Civil Society flays deduction of salaries of workers, pensioners by Kaduna Govt, other States
     The Labour Civil Society Situation Room on COVID 19 has criticised the arbitrary deduction in the salaries and pension of workers and pensioners by the Kaduna State Government and other States Mr Ayuba Wabba the President Nigeria Labour Congress NLC and Chairman of the Labour Civil Society Situation Room said this in a communiqu issued at the end of a meeting on Thursday in Abuja The meeting was held to review the recent developments pertaining to the management of the COVID 19 pandemic particularly on the economic front Wabba said that the Labour Civil Society Situation Room reviewed the decision by the Kaduna state government and a few other states to deduct the salaries of workers in their states including healthcare workers battling the COVID 19 challenge Even worse is the threat by Gov Nasir El Rufai to sack affected workers if they go on strike This anti worker practice championed by the Kaduna State government violates the fundamental principles and rights at work These principles and rights are key components of the International Labour Organisation ILO global labour standards and are also codified in our laws The infringement of these rights is a crude abuse of power and akin to modern day slavery Wages are binding contracts which cannot be unilaterally or arbitrarily reviewed It is unfortunate that while some states are giving incentives to workers at this time of grave health emergency in line with global trend The Kaduna State Government is taking away from workers and pensioners This is nothing but a full blown industrial tyranny he said Wabba said the situation room was behind the ultimatum by workers in the affected states for a reversal of the unjust decision adding it fully stands by workers resolve to embark on strike if their demands were not met He said the Labour Civil Society Situation Room demanded that the state governments must reciprocate Federal Government s gesture in granting moratorium on repayment of budget support palliatives by paying workers and pensioners their full entitlements We also renew our calls for investigation on how states used the palliatives and Paris Club refunds We demand that private sector employers should stop the retrenchment of workers in the guise of COVID 19 as such moves would only impair efforts geared at economic revitalisation he said Wabba said that the Labour Civil Society Situation Room applauded the Federal Government for reversing the directive by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN to place workers on half salaries based on the claims of shortfall in revenue owing to COVID 19 This is the way to go for all employers in the public and private sectors in order to protect the livelihood and dignity of workers The continued incidence of job losses income deprivation and denial of the means of livelihood for workers by some employers in Nigeria on the excuse of COVID 19 is a source of worry to us he said The NLC president therefore said that Labour Civil Society Situation Room recommended that for immediate term governments should adopt a measured approach to the fallout of COVID 19 Wabba said government should not cut down on budgetary allocations to education health agriculture and infrastructure as these sectors were critical for the needed economic rebound and growth He also said government should unfreeze the embargo on public sector jobs adding that hike in user access charges on public utilities should be shelved for the next six months Given the abuse of security votes by many political office holders we call for the scrapping of security votes from public budgeting in Nigeria We call on political office holders to reduce their salaries and allowances in order to free up finances for other areas of national developmental needs We also call for an end to medical and education tourism for elected public officials and their families We call for an immediate stop to the practice of borrowing to finance consumption We call for foreign loans where necessary to be tied exclusively to capital projects with feasible income and debt repayment potentials cum projections he said Wabba also called for accelerated disbursement of palliatives and loans to workers in the informal sector He said that this should be transparent inclusive and monitored by mass based groups adding that the conditions for access to the loans should be minimal to deepen access Wabba said the Labour Civil Society Situation Room also recommended that the budgetary and planning process in Nigeria should be overhauled to become more socially inclusive citizens centred value objective and reflective of real national developmental needs We call on the National Assembly to set in motion legislative processes to deliver the promises of Chapter Two of Nigeria s Constitution On the budget process we must cut our cloth according to our materials We must discard the use of assumptive and deficit budgets that cannot be funded by available resources and heavily dependent on local and foreign loans especially for recurrent expenditure We call for the resuscitation of Ajaokuta Iron and Steel Complex proper governance for our solid minerals sector revival of moribund textile factories and other manufacturing concerns as a demonstration of our commitment to economic diversification he said Wabba said the Labour Civil Society Situation Room reiterates its commitment to defend jobs wages and livelihoods He added that all interventions in this crisis must be geared at enhancing productivity stimulating economic growth promoting diversification of the economy and mobilising and empowering national productive forces Edited By Chidinma Agu Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    Labour, Civil Society flays deduction of salaries of workers, pensioners by Kaduna Govt, other States
    General news3 years ago

    Labour, Civil Society flays deduction of salaries of workers, pensioners by Kaduna Govt, other States

    The Labour Civil Society Situation Room on COVID-19 has criticised the arbitrary deduction in the salaries and pension of workers and pensioners by the Kaduna State Government and other States.

    Mr Ayuba Wabba, the President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Chairman of the Labour Civil Society Situation Room, said this in a communiqué issued at the end of a meeting on Thursday in Abuja.

    The meeting was held to review the recent developments pertaining to the management of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly on the economic front.

    Wabba said that the Labour Civil Society Situation Room reviewed the decision by the Kaduna state government and a few other states to deduct the salaries of workers in their states, including healthcare workers battling the COVID-19 challenge.

    “Even worse is the threat by Gov. Nasir El-Rufai to sack affected workers if they go on strike.

    ”This anti-worker practice championed by the Kaduna State government violates the fundamental principles and rights at work.

    “These principles and rights are key components of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) global labour standards and are also codified in our laws.

    ”The infringement of these rights is a crude abuse of power and akin to modern day slavery.

    “Wages are binding contracts which cannot be unilaterally or arbitrarily reviewed. It is unfortunate that while some states are giving incentives to workers at this time of grave health emergency, in line with global trend.

    The Kaduna State Government is taking away from workers and pensioners. This is nothing but a full-blown industrial tyranny,” he said.

    Wabba said the situation room was behind the ultimatum by workers in the affected states for a reversal of the unjust decision, adding it fully stands by workers’ resolve to embark on strike, if their demands were not met.

    He said the Labour Civil Society Situation Room demanded that the state governments must reciprocate Federal Government’s gesture in granting moratorium on repayment of budget support palliatives by paying workers and pensioners their full entitlements.

    “We also renew our calls for investigation on how states used the palliatives and Paris Club refunds.

    “We demand that private sector employers should stop the retrenchment of workers in the guise of COVID-19 as such moves would only impair efforts geared at economic revitalisation,” he said.

    Wabba said that the Labour Civil Society Situation Room applauded the Federal Government for reversing the directive by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to place workers on half salaries based on the claims of shortfall in revenue owing to COVID-19.

    “This is the way to go for all employers in the public and private sectors in order to protect the livelihood and dignity of workers.

    “The continued incidence of job losses, income deprivation and denial of the means of livelihood for workers by some employers in Nigeria on the excuse of COVID-19 is a source of worry to us,” he said.

    The NLC president therefore said that Labour Civil Society Situation Room recommended that for immediate term, governments should adopt a measured approach to the fallout of COVID-19.

    Wabba said government should not cut down on budgetary allocations to education, health, agriculture and infrastructure as these sectors were critical for the needed economic rebound and growth.

    He also said government should unfreeze the embargo on public sector jobs, adding that hike in user access charges on public utilities should be shelved for the next six months.

    “Given the abuse of security votes by many political office holders. we call for the scrapping of security votes from public budgeting in Nigeria.

    “We call on political office holders to reduce their salaries and allowances in order to free up finances for other areas of national developmental needs.

    “We also call for an end to medical and education tourism for elected public officials and their families.

    “We call for an immediate stop to the practice of borrowing to finance consumption.

    “We call for foreign loans where necessary to be tied exclusively to capital projects with feasible income and debt repayment potentials cum projections,” he said.

    Wabba also called for accelerated disbursement of palliatives and loans to workers in the informal sector.

    He said that this should be transparent, inclusive and monitored by mass-based groups, adding that the conditions for access to the loans should be minimal to deepen access.

    Wabba said the Labour Civil Society Situation Room also recommended that the budgetary and planning process in Nigeria should be overhauled to become more socially inclusive, citizens-centred, value objective and reflective of real national developmental needs.

    “We call on the National Assembly to set in motion legislative processes to deliver the promises of Chapter Two of Nigeria’s Constitution.

    “On the budget process, we must cut our cloth according to our materials. We must discard the use of assumptive and deficit budgets that cannot be funded by available resources and heavily dependent on local and foreign loans especially for recurrent expenditure.

    “We call for the resuscitation of Ajaokuta Iron and Steel Complex, proper governance for our solid minerals sector, revival of moribund textile factories and other manufacturing concerns as a demonstration of our commitment to economic diversification,” he said.

    Wabba said the Labour Civil Society Situation Room reiterates its commitment to defend jobs, wages and livelihoods.

    He added that all interventions in this crisis must be geared at enhancing productivity, stimulating economic growth, promoting diversification of the economy and mobilising and empowering national productive forces.


    Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

  •  The Kano State Joint Action Committee of the organised labour has issued a two weeks ultimatum to the State Government to stop deduction on workers salaries or face strike Mr Kabiru Ado the state s Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC stated this at a joint news conference on Wednesday in Kano Ado said that the organised labour had deliberated over recent slashing of worker s salaries and other topical issues affecting their welfare in the state amid COVID 19 pandemic He said that the unions decided to reject the slashing of workers salaries and called on the government to stop the action or face industrial action The chairman said that the government had slashed May workers salaries without due consultations with the labour unions in violation of labour laws and constitutional provisions Ado explained that convention 95 of the International Labour Organisation ILO stipulated that deduction from wages should be permitted only under conditions prescribed by law under collective agreement He noted that the slashing of the workers salaries by the government also contravened provisions of Nigeria Labour Act 1974 and National Minimum Wage law The deduction of workers salaries for the month of May 2020 by the state government without the consent of the labour is illegal Kano state government violated the existing minimum wage law 2019 which is a product of the tripartite committee entered agreement sent to the legislature and signed by President Muhammadu Buhari The state government renege its promise for the payment of April November 2019 arrears to workers sequel to the implementation of the consequential arrangement arising from the N30 000 minimum wage he said Ado added that the unions therefore rejected the slashing of worker s salaries and called on the state government to stop further deductions He also called on the government to ensure payment of outstanding salary arrears full implementation of the National Minimum wage and refund of incentives to health workers as well as provision of incentive and insurance cover to journalists and other category of frontline workers in the campaign against COVID 19 He warned that failure to meet the demands of the organised labour within 14 days effective from May 27 to June 15 2020 will lead to a strike by workers The labour its affiliates and stakeholders will have no other option than to embark on a seven day warning strike from 12 00 a m June 15 he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the unions included NLC Trade Union Congress TUC and Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria
    Kano workers issue 2 weeks ultimatum to  Govt  over slashing of  salaries
     The Kano State Joint Action Committee of the organised labour has issued a two weeks ultimatum to the State Government to stop deduction on workers salaries or face strike Mr Kabiru Ado the state s Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC stated this at a joint news conference on Wednesday in Kano Ado said that the organised labour had deliberated over recent slashing of worker s salaries and other topical issues affecting their welfare in the state amid COVID 19 pandemic He said that the unions decided to reject the slashing of workers salaries and called on the government to stop the action or face industrial action The chairman said that the government had slashed May workers salaries without due consultations with the labour unions in violation of labour laws and constitutional provisions Ado explained that convention 95 of the International Labour Organisation ILO stipulated that deduction from wages should be permitted only under conditions prescribed by law under collective agreement He noted that the slashing of the workers salaries by the government also contravened provisions of Nigeria Labour Act 1974 and National Minimum Wage law The deduction of workers salaries for the month of May 2020 by the state government without the consent of the labour is illegal Kano state government violated the existing minimum wage law 2019 which is a product of the tripartite committee entered agreement sent to the legislature and signed by President Muhammadu Buhari The state government renege its promise for the payment of April November 2019 arrears to workers sequel to the implementation of the consequential arrangement arising from the N30 000 minimum wage he said Ado added that the unions therefore rejected the slashing of worker s salaries and called on the state government to stop further deductions He also called on the government to ensure payment of outstanding salary arrears full implementation of the National Minimum wage and refund of incentives to health workers as well as provision of incentive and insurance cover to journalists and other category of frontline workers in the campaign against COVID 19 He warned that failure to meet the demands of the organised labour within 14 days effective from May 27 to June 15 2020 will lead to a strike by workers The labour its affiliates and stakeholders will have no other option than to embark on a seven day warning strike from 12 00 a m June 15 he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the unions included NLC Trade Union Congress TUC and Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria
    Kano workers issue 2 weeks ultimatum to  Govt  over slashing of  salaries
    General news3 years ago

    Kano workers issue 2 weeks ultimatum to  Govt  over slashing of  salaries

    The Kano State Joint Action Committee of the organised labour has issued a two weeks ultimatum to the State Government to stop deduction on workers’ salaries or face strike. Mr Kabiru Ado, the state’s Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), stated this at a joint news conference, on Wednesday in Kano. Ado said that the organised labour had deliberated over recent slashing of worker’s salaries and other topical issues affecting their welfare in the state amid COVID-19 pandemic. He said that the unions decided to reject the slashing of workers’ salaries and called on the government to stop the action or face industrial action. The chairman said that the government had slashed May workers’ salaries, without due consultations with the labour unions, in violation of labour laws and constitutional provisions. Ado explained that convention 95 of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) stipulated that deduction from wages should be permitted only under conditions prescribed by law under collective agreement. He noted that the slashing of the workers’ salaries by the government also contravened provisions of Nigeria Labour Act 1974 and National Minimum Wage law. “The deduction of workers’ salaries for the month of May 2020, by the state government without the consent of the labour is illegal. “Kano state government violated the existing minimum wage law 2019, which is a product of the tripartite committee entered agreement sent to the legislature and signed by President Muhammadu Buhari. “The state government renege its promise for the payment of April – November, 2019; arrears to workers sequel to the implementation of the consequential arrangement arising from the N30, 000 minimum wage,” he said. Ado added that the unions, therefore, rejected the slashing of worker’s salaries and called on the state government to stop further deductions. He also called on the government to ensure payment of outstanding salary arrears, full implementation of the National Minimum wage and refund of incentives to health workers as well as provision of incentive and insurance cover to journalists and other category of frontline workers in the campaign against COVID-19. He warned that failure to meet the demands of the organised labour within 14-days effective from May 27 to June 15, 2020, will lead to a strike by workers. “The labour, its affiliates and stakeholders will have no other option than to embark on a seven day warning strike from 12:00 a.m. June 15,” he said. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the unions included NLC; Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria.

  •  Management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA has designated seafarers and dockworkers as essential workers who should be exempted from travel restrictions The exemption was in line with the newly endorsed protocols by the International Maritime Organisation IMO designed to lift barriers to crew changes amid the coronavirus pandemic The exemptions are contained in a new guideline developed and published by the agency to support essential services in Nigeria s shipping sector Mr Philip Kyanet Head Corporate Communications of NIMASA on Wednesday in Lagos said that the guideline stated that the jobs of dockworkers at the country s seaports terminals and jetties are essential to the national economy He added that dockworkers should therefore be granted passage between their places of abode and the seaports terminals and jetties to perform their duties The advice also declares that seafarers are on essential duty and as such exempted from the curfew and travel restrictions which may hinder necessary movement for a crew change It directs companies employing the services of seafarers to provide special and dedicated means of transportation to convey the seafarers It added that such transport system must be disinfected within the recommended minimum hours The guideline specifically provides for the mandatory use of face masks within all terminals and jetties mandatory temperature check on all staff before access to terminals and denial of entry to persons who present temperature above 38 C It makes it mandatory for all dock labour employers to develop risk assessments and safety intervention guidelines for all personnel and operations in the areas of vulnerability within their maritime operations that can be affected by the COVID 19 pandemic including cargo handling access control and rostering procedures he said Kyanet said that dock labour employers are also to devise methods of ensuring that dockworkers absent from their duties for issues relating to COVlD 19 are quarantined and compensated for the suspension of earnings they suffer as a consequence He said that furthermore all dock labour employers are to ensure that buses deployed during the COVID 19 pandemic carry a 50 per cent maximum capacity in line with Federal Government directives and all passengers wear face masks He pointed out that such buses must have hand sanitisers for all drivers and passengers use and be frequently disinfected The Director General of NIMASA Dr Bashir Jamoh said the latest advice was meant to contain the coronavirus pandemic while also supporting the continuation of the economy Like President Muhammadu Buhari said no economy can survive total lockdown If you look at it critically maritime is an essential duty with the major actors being seafarers and dockworkers and this is why we continually come up with guidelines to ease their operations so that activities in our ports will not suffer he said The DG emphasised the prohibition of loitering around port premises and charged dock labour employers to ensure social distancing of two metres is maintained between people in the workplace and other public spaces within and around port terminals He noted that the guideline was in sync with those issued by the United Nations agencies including the World Health Organisation WHO and International Labour Organisation ILO as well as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC Edited By Edwin Nwachukwu Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    COVID-19: NIMASA exempts dockworkers, seafarers from travel restrictions
     Management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA has designated seafarers and dockworkers as essential workers who should be exempted from travel restrictions The exemption was in line with the newly endorsed protocols by the International Maritime Organisation IMO designed to lift barriers to crew changes amid the coronavirus pandemic The exemptions are contained in a new guideline developed and published by the agency to support essential services in Nigeria s shipping sector Mr Philip Kyanet Head Corporate Communications of NIMASA on Wednesday in Lagos said that the guideline stated that the jobs of dockworkers at the country s seaports terminals and jetties are essential to the national economy He added that dockworkers should therefore be granted passage between their places of abode and the seaports terminals and jetties to perform their duties The advice also declares that seafarers are on essential duty and as such exempted from the curfew and travel restrictions which may hinder necessary movement for a crew change It directs companies employing the services of seafarers to provide special and dedicated means of transportation to convey the seafarers It added that such transport system must be disinfected within the recommended minimum hours The guideline specifically provides for the mandatory use of face masks within all terminals and jetties mandatory temperature check on all staff before access to terminals and denial of entry to persons who present temperature above 38 C It makes it mandatory for all dock labour employers to develop risk assessments and safety intervention guidelines for all personnel and operations in the areas of vulnerability within their maritime operations that can be affected by the COVID 19 pandemic including cargo handling access control and rostering procedures he said Kyanet said that dock labour employers are also to devise methods of ensuring that dockworkers absent from their duties for issues relating to COVlD 19 are quarantined and compensated for the suspension of earnings they suffer as a consequence He said that furthermore all dock labour employers are to ensure that buses deployed during the COVID 19 pandemic carry a 50 per cent maximum capacity in line with Federal Government directives and all passengers wear face masks He pointed out that such buses must have hand sanitisers for all drivers and passengers use and be frequently disinfected The Director General of NIMASA Dr Bashir Jamoh said the latest advice was meant to contain the coronavirus pandemic while also supporting the continuation of the economy Like President Muhammadu Buhari said no economy can survive total lockdown If you look at it critically maritime is an essential duty with the major actors being seafarers and dockworkers and this is why we continually come up with guidelines to ease their operations so that activities in our ports will not suffer he said The DG emphasised the prohibition of loitering around port premises and charged dock labour employers to ensure social distancing of two metres is maintained between people in the workplace and other public spaces within and around port terminals He noted that the guideline was in sync with those issued by the United Nations agencies including the World Health Organisation WHO and International Labour Organisation ILO as well as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC Edited By Edwin Nwachukwu Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    COVID-19: NIMASA exempts dockworkers, seafarers from travel restrictions
    Economy3 years ago

    COVID-19: NIMASA exempts dockworkers, seafarers from travel restrictions

    Management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has designated seafarers and dockworkers as essential workers, who should be exempted from travel restrictions.

    The exemption was in line with the newly endorsed protocols by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), designed to lift barriers to crew changes, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    The exemptions are contained in a new guideline developed and published by the agency to support essential services in Nigeria’s shipping sector.

    Mr Philip Kyanet, Head, Corporate Communications of NIMASA, on Wednesday in Lagos, said that the guideline stated that the jobs of dockworkers at the country’s seaports, terminals and jetties are essential to the national economy.

    He added that dockworkers should, therefore, be granted passage between their places of abode and the seaports/terminals and jetties to perform their duties.

    “The advice also declares that seafarers are on essential duty and as such exempted from the curfew and travel restrictions, which may hinder necessary movement for a crew change.

    “It directs companies employing the services of seafarers to provide special and dedicated means of transportation to convey the seafarers.

    “It added that such transport system must be disinfected within the recommended minimum hours.

    “The guideline specifically provides for the mandatory use of face masks within all terminals and jetties, mandatory temperature check on all staff before access to terminals and denial of entry to persons who present temperature above 38°C.

    “It makes it mandatory for all dock labour employers to develop risk assessments and safety intervention guidelines for all personnel and operations in the areas of vulnerability within their maritime operations that can be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including cargo handling, access control and rostering procedures,’’ he said.

    Kyanet said that dock labour employers are also to devise methods of ensuring that dockworkers absent from their duties for issues relating to COVlD-19 are quarantined and compensated for the suspension of earnings they suffer as a consequence.

    He said that furthermore, all dock labour employers are to ensure that buses deployed during the COVID-19 pandemic carry a 50 per cent maximum capacity in line with Federal Government directives and all passengers wear face masks.

    He pointed out that such buses must have hand sanitisers for all drivers’ and passengers’ use and be frequently disinfected.

    The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, said the latest advice was meant to contain the coronavirus pandemic while also supporting the continuation of the economy.

    Like President Muhammadu Buhari said, no economy can survive total lockdown.

    “If you look at it critically, maritime is an essential duty, with the major actors being seafarers and dockworkers and this is why we continually come up with guidelines to ease their operations so that activities in our ports will not suffer,’’ he said.

    The DG emphasised the prohibition of loitering around port premises and charged dock labour employers to ensure social distancing of two metres is maintained between people in the workplace and other public spaces within and around port terminals.

    He noted that the guideline was in sync with those issued by the United Nations agencies, including the World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Labour Organisation (ILO) as well as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).



    Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

  •  A sixth of the world s young labour force has stopped working since the start of the coronavirus pandemic according to a survey by the International Labour Organisation ILO The Geneva based UN body also found that the COVID 19 crisis is hurting young people s chances of entering the labour market as around 10 per cent of students expect that they will not be able to complete their current education Half said that their studies would be delayed That leads us to be extremely concerned for the welfare of young people ILO director general Guy Ryder said in an online news conference He warned of a lockdown generation that could face lower wages and higher unemployment for years to come More than 11 000 respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 took part in the survey The ILO pointed out that global youth unemployment before the current crisis already stood at 13 6 per cent last year above the level seen before the 2008 global financial crisis Edited By Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    1 in 6 young workers lost job globally during pandemic – UN survey
     A sixth of the world s young labour force has stopped working since the start of the coronavirus pandemic according to a survey by the International Labour Organisation ILO The Geneva based UN body also found that the COVID 19 crisis is hurting young people s chances of entering the labour market as around 10 per cent of students expect that they will not be able to complete their current education Half said that their studies would be delayed That leads us to be extremely concerned for the welfare of young people ILO director general Guy Ryder said in an online news conference He warned of a lockdown generation that could face lower wages and higher unemployment for years to come More than 11 000 respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 took part in the survey The ILO pointed out that global youth unemployment before the current crisis already stood at 13 6 per cent last year above the level seen before the 2008 global financial crisis Edited By Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    1 in 6 young workers lost job globally during pandemic – UN survey
    Foreign3 years ago

    1 in 6 young workers lost job globally during pandemic – UN survey

    A sixth of the world’s young labour force has stopped working since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).The Geneva-based UN body also found that the COVID-19 crisis is hurting young people’s chances of entering the labour market, as around 10 per cent of students expect that they will not be able to complete their current education.Half said that their studies would be delayed.“That leads us to be extremely concerned for the welfare of young people,” ILO director general Guy Ryder said in an online news conference.He warned of a “lockdown generation” that could face lower wages and higher unemployment for years to come.More than 11,000 respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 took part in the survey.The ILO pointed out that global youth unemployment before the current crisis already stood at 13.6 per cent last year, above the level seen before the 2008 global financial crisis.Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

  •  The Lagos State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress has urged workers to reflect on the future of work to enhance the ability to confront the challenges ahead The state Chairman Mrs Agnes Sessi made the call in a statement on Saturday in commemoration of Workers Day celebrated annually on May 1 Sessi said that the challenges ahead were enormous however not insurmountable Apart from high infection and mortality rate the biggest impact of COVID 19 pandemic is the disruption of socio economic order According to International Labour Organisation ILO 25 million people will likely lose their jobs as a result of the pandemic It also warns of severe job contraction in the informal sector as the opportunity for people to be engaged will be highly restricted given the restriction of movement in many places she said The chairman also said that the union was aware that some employers might exploit the current situation and engage in anti labour practices in their organisations to further inflict pains on workers She however warned that such act would be vehemently resisted by labour While labour will continue to show understanding at this trying time we implore employers to be cautious in taking decisions on issues that borders on the livelihood of workers We appeal to the three arms of government including the Executive Legislative and Judiciary to provide an unrivaled leadership and services not only to the workers but the entire citizens of Lagos State Also agencies that are saddled with responsibilities of protecting the rights of the workers at work should be alive to their duties she said Sessi while commending the government for its efforts in fighting the pandemic called on the government not to renege on its responsibilities of providing the needed Personal Protective Equipment PPE for healthcare workers She said Applauding the health workers is not enough without the continuous provision of safety kits for them to prevent transmission of the virus We do not want health workers to become dead heroes and victims because we need as many health workers as possible to be alive and healthy to keep up the good work they are doing The chairman commended the state government in distributing relief materials to cushion the effect of the lockdown She said that the efforts had not yielded the desired result and therefore called on the government to revisit the distribution of palliative items Despite the importance of workers at this critical time a critical stakeholder like organised labour was not carried along by the government in the distribution of the palliatives We request the inclusion of the real vulnerable in the society including pensioners widows physically challenged to mention a few as beneficiaries in the palliative arrangement Sessi urged Edited By Edwin Nwachukwu Wale Ojetimi NAN
    NLC charges workers on post-COVID-19 work challenges
     The Lagos State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress has urged workers to reflect on the future of work to enhance the ability to confront the challenges ahead The state Chairman Mrs Agnes Sessi made the call in a statement on Saturday in commemoration of Workers Day celebrated annually on May 1 Sessi said that the challenges ahead were enormous however not insurmountable Apart from high infection and mortality rate the biggest impact of COVID 19 pandemic is the disruption of socio economic order According to International Labour Organisation ILO 25 million people will likely lose their jobs as a result of the pandemic It also warns of severe job contraction in the informal sector as the opportunity for people to be engaged will be highly restricted given the restriction of movement in many places she said The chairman also said that the union was aware that some employers might exploit the current situation and engage in anti labour practices in their organisations to further inflict pains on workers She however warned that such act would be vehemently resisted by labour While labour will continue to show understanding at this trying time we implore employers to be cautious in taking decisions on issues that borders on the livelihood of workers We appeal to the three arms of government including the Executive Legislative and Judiciary to provide an unrivaled leadership and services not only to the workers but the entire citizens of Lagos State Also agencies that are saddled with responsibilities of protecting the rights of the workers at work should be alive to their duties she said Sessi while commending the government for its efforts in fighting the pandemic called on the government not to renege on its responsibilities of providing the needed Personal Protective Equipment PPE for healthcare workers She said Applauding the health workers is not enough without the continuous provision of safety kits for them to prevent transmission of the virus We do not want health workers to become dead heroes and victims because we need as many health workers as possible to be alive and healthy to keep up the good work they are doing The chairman commended the state government in distributing relief materials to cushion the effect of the lockdown She said that the efforts had not yielded the desired result and therefore called on the government to revisit the distribution of palliative items Despite the importance of workers at this critical time a critical stakeholder like organised labour was not carried along by the government in the distribution of the palliatives We request the inclusion of the real vulnerable in the society including pensioners widows physically challenged to mention a few as beneficiaries in the palliative arrangement Sessi urged Edited By Edwin Nwachukwu Wale Ojetimi NAN
    NLC charges workers on post-COVID-19 work challenges
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    NLC charges workers on post-COVID-19 work challenges

    The Lagos State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress has urged workers to reflect on the future of work to enhance the ability to confront the challenges ahead.

    The state Chairman, Mrs Agnes Sessi, made the call in a statement on Saturday in commemoration of Workers’ Day celebrated annually on May 1.

    Sessi said that the challenges ahead were enormous, however, not insurmountable.

    “Apart from high infection and mortality rate, the biggest impact of COVID-19 pandemic is the disruption of socio- economic order.

    “According to International Labour Organisation (ILO), 25 million people will likely lose their jobs as a result of the pandemic.

    “It also warns of severe job contraction in the informal sector as the opportunity for people to be engaged will be highly restricted, given the restriction of movement in many places,” she said.

    The chairman also said that the union was aware that some employers might exploit the current situation and engage in anti-labour practices in their organisations to further inflict pains on workers.

    She, however, warned that such act would be vehemently resisted by labour.

    “While labour will continue to show understanding at this trying time, we implore employers to be cautious in taking decisions on issues that borders on the livelihood of workers.

    “We appeal to the three arms of government, including the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary, to provide an unrivaled leadership and services not only to the workers but the entire citizens of Lagos State.

    “Also, agencies that are saddled with responsibilities of protecting the rights of the workers at work should be alive to their duties,” she said.

    Sessi, while commending the government for its efforts in fighting the pandemic, called on the government not to renege on its responsibilities of providing the needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers.

    She said: “Applauding the health workers is not enough without the continuous provision of safety kits for them to prevent transmission of the virus.

    “We do not want health workers to become dead heroes and victims, because we need as many health workers as possible to be alive and healthy to keep up the good work they are doing.”

    The chairman commended the state government in distributing relief materials to cushion the effect of the lockdown.

    She said that the efforts had not yielded the desired result and therefore called on the government to revisit the distribution of palliative items.

    “Despite the importance of workers at this critical time, a critical stakeholder like organised labour was not carried along by the government in the distribution of the palliatives.

    “We request the inclusion of the real vulnerable in the society including pensioners, widows, physically challenged, to mention a few, as beneficiaries in the palliative arrangement,” Sessi urged.



    Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

     

  •  The Federal Government on Friday said it is evolving an action plan to sustain the economy beyond the fight against COVID 19 pandemic Dr Chris Ngige the Minister of Labour and Employment said this in commemoration of the 2020 Workers Day celebration with the theme COVID 19 Pandemic and Its Socio Economic Impact on the Nigerian Working Class According to Ngige it is a well known fact that arising from COVID 19 crisis businesses in both the private and public sectors have suffered Sustainability of the enterprise has become a subject of concern The worries precipitated by the COVID 19 crisis are further compounded by worries of maintaining a source of livelihood In this regard the Government and Social Partners would have a look at the four pillar plan of policy responses to COVID 19 crisis laid out by the International Labour Organisation ILO which are intended to be human centred and built on global solidarity This would be in addition to the Federal Government evolving plan of action to sustain the economy in the context of current global crisis All relevant factors to the nation s workforce will be identified analysed and solidified to ensure job retention and the continued realisation of the decent work agenda he said He added that in doing this the government will be guided by the Labour Standards as benchmarks for social and employment protection at this time of vulnerabilities Ngige also noted that talks were currently ongoing between the Presidential Economic Sustainability Council and Employers on job protection job creation and progressively to post COVID 19 crisis I wish to state that employers will not be encouraged to disengage staff without prerequisite Social Dialogue and clearance from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment Ngige said The minister noted that workers day are recognised as an important limb in the tripod that sustains enterprises and development He said workers over the years celebrate May Day and in Nigeria marching are conducted by Trade Unions and their Federations in various stadia throughout the country Today May 1 2020 is different The stadia are empty and there are echoes of silence We are all taking refuge in our respective homes and staying off the streets in a global bid to stay alive and beat an invisible enemy called COVID 19 We stay at home to minimise and eventually stop the spread of the COVID 19 infection which has killed many people in the world and dwindled life and economies Offices workplaces businesses small and large scales and nations are closed The COVID 19 outbreak has laid seige on humanity and we must all develop and imbibe a common will to fight and conquer this enemy he added He commended employees in the healthcare sector for their call to duty and selflessness to care for the sick and the dying when none was allowed proximity to them due to the nature of the coronavirus infection In appreciation the government has introduced a special hazard and inducement allowance at this time of COVID 19 crisis Also Group Life Insurance Policy has been activated for all workers in the Federal Government Public Service as well as Employees Compensation for injuries disabilities sustained and even death in the course of discharging their duties he said Ngige called on employees in science technology and research sector of the economy to put on their thinking caps and join colleagues throughout the world and produce cure or vaccine for the COVID 19 for testing and other required processes and procedures He noted that Madagascar and Senegal have done it adding we can also do something greater or key into their knowledge to mass produce for the Nigerian populace He called on workers to observe all authorised guidelines on how to stay safe especially with the partial lift of the lockdown for some states of the federation Wash your hands regularly and observe Social Distancing When the time comes return to your places with greater zeal to minimise crisis impact he said Edited By Kamal Tayo Oropo Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    FG evolves action plan for post COVID-19 economy
     The Federal Government on Friday said it is evolving an action plan to sustain the economy beyond the fight against COVID 19 pandemic Dr Chris Ngige the Minister of Labour and Employment said this in commemoration of the 2020 Workers Day celebration with the theme COVID 19 Pandemic and Its Socio Economic Impact on the Nigerian Working Class According to Ngige it is a well known fact that arising from COVID 19 crisis businesses in both the private and public sectors have suffered Sustainability of the enterprise has become a subject of concern The worries precipitated by the COVID 19 crisis are further compounded by worries of maintaining a source of livelihood In this regard the Government and Social Partners would have a look at the four pillar plan of policy responses to COVID 19 crisis laid out by the International Labour Organisation ILO which are intended to be human centred and built on global solidarity This would be in addition to the Federal Government evolving plan of action to sustain the economy in the context of current global crisis All relevant factors to the nation s workforce will be identified analysed and solidified to ensure job retention and the continued realisation of the decent work agenda he said He added that in doing this the government will be guided by the Labour Standards as benchmarks for social and employment protection at this time of vulnerabilities Ngige also noted that talks were currently ongoing between the Presidential Economic Sustainability Council and Employers on job protection job creation and progressively to post COVID 19 crisis I wish to state that employers will not be encouraged to disengage staff without prerequisite Social Dialogue and clearance from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment Ngige said The minister noted that workers day are recognised as an important limb in the tripod that sustains enterprises and development He said workers over the years celebrate May Day and in Nigeria marching are conducted by Trade Unions and their Federations in various stadia throughout the country Today May 1 2020 is different The stadia are empty and there are echoes of silence We are all taking refuge in our respective homes and staying off the streets in a global bid to stay alive and beat an invisible enemy called COVID 19 We stay at home to minimise and eventually stop the spread of the COVID 19 infection which has killed many people in the world and dwindled life and economies Offices workplaces businesses small and large scales and nations are closed The COVID 19 outbreak has laid seige on humanity and we must all develop and imbibe a common will to fight and conquer this enemy he added He commended employees in the healthcare sector for their call to duty and selflessness to care for the sick and the dying when none was allowed proximity to them due to the nature of the coronavirus infection In appreciation the government has introduced a special hazard and inducement allowance at this time of COVID 19 crisis Also Group Life Insurance Policy has been activated for all workers in the Federal Government Public Service as well as Employees Compensation for injuries disabilities sustained and even death in the course of discharging their duties he said Ngige called on employees in science technology and research sector of the economy to put on their thinking caps and join colleagues throughout the world and produce cure or vaccine for the COVID 19 for testing and other required processes and procedures He noted that Madagascar and Senegal have done it adding we can also do something greater or key into their knowledge to mass produce for the Nigerian populace He called on workers to observe all authorised guidelines on how to stay safe especially with the partial lift of the lockdown for some states of the federation Wash your hands regularly and observe Social Distancing When the time comes return to your places with greater zeal to minimise crisis impact he said Edited By Kamal Tayo Oropo Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    FG evolves action plan for post COVID-19 economy
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    FG evolves action plan for post COVID-19 economy

    The Federal Government on Friday said it is evolving an action plan to sustain the economy beyond the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

    Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, said this in commemoration of the 2020 Workers Day celebration with the theme: ‘COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Socio-Economic Impact on the Nigerian Working Class’.

    According to Ngige, it is a well known fact that arising from COVID-19 crisis, businesses in both the private and public sectors have suffered.

    “Sustainability of the enterprise has become a subject of concern. The worries precipitated by the COVID-19 crisis are further compounded by worries of maintaining a source of livelihood.

    “In this regard, the Government and Social Partners would have a look at the four pillar plan of policy responses to COVID-19 crisis laid out by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) which are intended to be human-centred and built on global solidarity.

    “This would be in addition to the Federal Government evolving plan of action to sustain the economy in the context of current global crisis.

    “All relevant factors to the nation’s workforce will be identified, analysed and solidified to ensure job retention, and the continued realisation of the decent work agenda,” he said.

    He added that in doing this, the government will be guided by the Labour Standards as benchmarks for social and employment protection at this time of vulnerabilities.

    Ngige also noted that talks were currently ongoing between the Presidential Economic Sustainability Council and Employers on job protection, job creation and progressively to post COVID-19 crisis.

    “I wish to state that employers will not be encouraged to disengage staff without prerequisite Social Dialogue and clearance from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment,” Ngige said.

    The minister noted that workers day are recognised as an important limb in the tripod that sustains enterprises and development.

    He said workers over the years celebrate May Day and in Nigeria marching are conducted by Trade Unions and their Federations in various stadia throughout the country.

    “Today, May 1, 2020, is different. The stadia are empty and there are echoes of silence.

    “We are all taking refuge in our respective homes and staying off the streets in a global bid to stay alive and beat an invisible enemy called COVID-19.

    “We stay at home to minimise and eventually stop the spread of the COVID-19 infection which has killed many people in the world and dwindled life and economies.

    “Offices, workplaces, businesses (small and large scales), and nations  are closed.

    “The COVID-19 outbreak has laid seige on humanity and we must all develop and imbibe a common will to fight and conquer this enemy,” he added.

    He commended employees in the healthcare sector for their call to duty and selflessness to care for the sick and the dying when none was allowed proximity to them due to the nature of the coronavirus infection.

    “In appreciation, the government has introduced a special hazard and inducement allowance at this time of COVID-19 crisis.

    “Also, Group Life Insurance Policy has been activated for all workers in the Federal Government Public Service as well as Employees’ Compensation for injuries, disabilities sustained and even death in the course of discharging their duties,” he said.

    Ngige called on employees in science, technology and research sector of the economy to put on their thinking caps and join colleagues throughout the world and produce cure or vaccine for the COVID-19 for testing and other required processes and procedures.

    He noted that Madagascar and Senegal have done it, adding “we can also do something greater or key into their knowledge to mass produce for the Nigerian populace”.

    He called on workers to observe all authorised guidelines on how to stay safe, especially with the partial lift of the lockdown for some states of the federation.

    “Wash your hands regularly and observe Social Distancing. When the time comes, return to your places with greater zeal to minimise crisis impact,” he said.


    Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

  •  The Federal Government says it will work to ensure that there are no job losses arising from the extreme effects of the Coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic on the economy The Minister of Labour Dr Chris Ngige said this on Thursday in his May Day message released by his media aide Mr Emmanuel Nzomiwu Ngige said that the Federal Government would look at the four pillar plan of policy responses to the pandemic laid out by the International Labour Organisation ILO He said that such policies were intended to be human centered and built on global solidarity He said that all relevant factors to the nation s workforce would be identified analysed and solidified to ensure job retention and continued realisation of decent work agenda The minister said that the Federal Government would be guided by labour standards as benchmarks for social and employment protection at this time of vulnerabilities He stated that the government would not encourage employers to disengage any member of their staff without the prerequisite social dialogue and clearance from the ministry Ngige commended workers in the health sector for being in the frontline of ensuring that the raging pandemic was contained Over the years May 1 has been a unique day in the world of work It is a day dedicated to workers as partners in socio economic development of nations he said The minister however said that the 2020 May Day celebration was different because we are all taking refuge in our respective homes staying off the streets in a bid to stay alive and beat an invisible enemy The covid 19 outbreak has affected modes of work and the utilisation of teleworking is on the increase As you work from home I urge you to do your best in that regard and to endeavour to demarcate your personal life from work he said Ngige said that the Federal Government was not unmindful of the fact that businesses in both the private and public sectors had suffered Sustainability of the enterprise has become a subject of concern The worries precipitated by the COVID 19 crisis are further compounded by worries of maintaining a source of livelihood In this regard the government and social partners will have a look at the four pillar plan of policy responses to COVID 19 crisis laid out by ILO These are intended to be human centered and built on global solidarity and it will be in addition to the Federal Government evolving plan of action to sustain the economy in the context of current global crisis he said He urged workers to imbibe the ILO laid out workers response options to COVID 19 which include efficient social dialogue at all levels Others are mobilisation and allocation of human and financial resources without exacerbating the national debt crisis and promotion of solidarity and non discrimination stigmatisation of workers and sick persons among others Edited By Maureen Atuonwu NAN
    May Day: There will be no job losses arising from COVID-19– FG
     The Federal Government says it will work to ensure that there are no job losses arising from the extreme effects of the Coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic on the economy The Minister of Labour Dr Chris Ngige said this on Thursday in his May Day message released by his media aide Mr Emmanuel Nzomiwu Ngige said that the Federal Government would look at the four pillar plan of policy responses to the pandemic laid out by the International Labour Organisation ILO He said that such policies were intended to be human centered and built on global solidarity He said that all relevant factors to the nation s workforce would be identified analysed and solidified to ensure job retention and continued realisation of decent work agenda The minister said that the Federal Government would be guided by labour standards as benchmarks for social and employment protection at this time of vulnerabilities He stated that the government would not encourage employers to disengage any member of their staff without the prerequisite social dialogue and clearance from the ministry Ngige commended workers in the health sector for being in the frontline of ensuring that the raging pandemic was contained Over the years May 1 has been a unique day in the world of work It is a day dedicated to workers as partners in socio economic development of nations he said The minister however said that the 2020 May Day celebration was different because we are all taking refuge in our respective homes staying off the streets in a bid to stay alive and beat an invisible enemy The covid 19 outbreak has affected modes of work and the utilisation of teleworking is on the increase As you work from home I urge you to do your best in that regard and to endeavour to demarcate your personal life from work he said Ngige said that the Federal Government was not unmindful of the fact that businesses in both the private and public sectors had suffered Sustainability of the enterprise has become a subject of concern The worries precipitated by the COVID 19 crisis are further compounded by worries of maintaining a source of livelihood In this regard the government and social partners will have a look at the four pillar plan of policy responses to COVID 19 crisis laid out by ILO These are intended to be human centered and built on global solidarity and it will be in addition to the Federal Government evolving plan of action to sustain the economy in the context of current global crisis he said He urged workers to imbibe the ILO laid out workers response options to COVID 19 which include efficient social dialogue at all levels Others are mobilisation and allocation of human and financial resources without exacerbating the national debt crisis and promotion of solidarity and non discrimination stigmatisation of workers and sick persons among others Edited By Maureen Atuonwu NAN
    May Day: There will be no job losses arising from COVID-19– FG
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    May Day: There will be no job losses arising from COVID-19– FG

    The Federal Government says it will work to ensure that there are no job losses arising from the extreme effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the economy.The Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, said this on Thursday in his May Day message released by his media aide, Mr Emmanuel Nzomiwu.Ngige said that the Federal Government would look at the four-pillar plan of policy responses to the pandemic laid out by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).He said that such policies were intended to be human-centered and built on global solidarity. He said that all relevant factors to the nation’s workforce would be identified, analysed and solidified to ensure job retention and continued realisation of decent work agenda.The minister said that the Federal Government would be guided by labour standards as benchmarks for social and employment protection at this time of vulnerabilities.He stated that the government would not encourage employers to disengage any member of their staff without the prerequisite social dialogue and clearance from the ministry.Ngige commended workers in the health sector for being in the frontline of ensuring that the raging pandemic was contained.“Over the years, May 1 has been a unique day in the world of work. It is a day dedicated to workers as partners in socio – economic development of nations,” he said.The minister however, said that the 2020 May Day celebration was different “because we are all taking refuge in our respective homes, staying off the streets in a bid to stay alive and beat an invisible enemy.“The covid-19 outbreak has affected modes of work and the utilisation of teleworking is on the increase.“As you work from home, I urge you to do your best in that regard and to endeavour to demarcate your personal life from work,” he said.Ngige said that the Federal Government was not unmindful of the fact that businesses in both the private and public sectors had suffered.“Sustainability of the enterprise has become a subject of concern. The worries precipitated by the COVID-19 crisis are further compounded by worries of maintaining a source of livelihood.“In this regard, the government and social partners will have a look at the four-pillar plan of policy responses to COVID-19 crisis laid out by ILO.“These are intended to be human-centered and built on global solidarity and it will be in addition to the Federal Government evolving plan of action to sustain the economy in the context of current global crisis,” he said.He urged workers to imbibe the ILO laid out workers’ response options to COVID-19 which include efficient social dialogue at all levels.Others are mobilisation and allocation of human and financial resources without exacerbating the national debt crisis and promotion of solidarity and non-discrimination/stigmatisation of workers and sick persons among others.Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

  •  The novel coronavirus pandemic should not increase economic and gender inequalities in the workforce Labour ministers of the G20 group of leading economic powers said on Thursday They pledged in full global cooperation to protect vulnerable workers Employment should be given priority in developing macroeconomic policy packages the ministers said in a statement following a virtual meeting We cannot allow COVID 19 to widen inequalities including gender inequalities in the labour market and erode progress made thus far they said Besides supporting small businesses the ministers vowed to ensure that their social protection systems are able to provide adequate support for all workers in need particularly health care workers and others exposed to risks posed by the pandemic The head of the International Labour Organisation ILO Guy Ryder welcomed the ministers commitment for cooperation Ryder however warned that current support measures are not enough especially as low and middle income countries are less prepared for a protracted crisis Many countries introduced special measures and stimulus packages to support businesses and workers affected by the lockdown measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus Edited By Halima Sheji Oluwole Sogunle NAN
    G20: COVID-19 should not increase inequalities in labour market
     The novel coronavirus pandemic should not increase economic and gender inequalities in the workforce Labour ministers of the G20 group of leading economic powers said on Thursday They pledged in full global cooperation to protect vulnerable workers Employment should be given priority in developing macroeconomic policy packages the ministers said in a statement following a virtual meeting We cannot allow COVID 19 to widen inequalities including gender inequalities in the labour market and erode progress made thus far they said Besides supporting small businesses the ministers vowed to ensure that their social protection systems are able to provide adequate support for all workers in need particularly health care workers and others exposed to risks posed by the pandemic The head of the International Labour Organisation ILO Guy Ryder welcomed the ministers commitment for cooperation Ryder however warned that current support measures are not enough especially as low and middle income countries are less prepared for a protracted crisis Many countries introduced special measures and stimulus packages to support businesses and workers affected by the lockdown measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus Edited By Halima Sheji Oluwole Sogunle NAN
    G20: COVID-19 should not increase inequalities in labour market
    Foreign3 years ago

    G20: COVID-19 should not increase inequalities in labour market

    The novel coronavirus pandemic should not increase economic and gender inequalities in the workforce, Labour ministers of the G20 group of leading economic powers said on Thursday.

    They pledged, in  full global cooperation, to protect vulnerable workers.

    Employment should be given priority in developing macroeconomic policy packages, the ministers said in a statement following a virtual meeting.

    “We cannot allow COVID-19 to widen inequalities, including gender inequalities, in the labour market and erode progress made thus far,’’they said.

    Besides supporting small businesses, the ministers vowed to ensure that their social protection systems are able to provide adequate support for all workers in need, particularly health care workers and others exposed to risks posed by the pandemic.

    The head of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Guy Ryder, welcomed the ministers’ commitment for cooperation.

    Ryder, however, warned that current support measures are not enough, especially as low and middle income countries are less prepared for a protracted crisis.

    Many countries introduced special measures and stimulus packages to support businesses and workers affected by the lockdown measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.


    Edited By: Halima Sheji/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

  •   The coronavirus pandemic could cost up to 24 7 million jobs around the world if governments fail to come up with a coordinated policy response to the economic fallout of the health crisis an official said The International Labour Organisation ILO said this on Wednesday in Geneva If countries implement large scale measures to protect jobs stimulate the economy and boost employment unemployment will only grow by 5 3 million up from last year s global total of 188 million the UN body said In 2008 the world presented a united front to address the consequences of the global financial crisis and the worst was averted ILO Director General Guy Ryder said in a statement We need that kind of leadership and resolve now he added However the ILO also noted that the financial crisis boosted global unemployment by 22 million The forecast also said that companies would reduce work hours and wages leading to increased underemployment Self employment will not be able to cushion the effect of the Covid 19 viral disease because health measures are restricting the movements of service providers and goods the ILO warned Workers stand to lose at least 860 billion dollars in income by the end of the year which will hurt consumption In addition the ILO expects that the number of people who live in poverty in spite of having a job will increase by between 8 8 million and 35 million people The UN labour body previously predicted the number of working poor to drop by 14 million this year Edited By Fatima Sule Felix Ajide NAN
    UN says coronavirus pandemic could leave up to 24.7m unemployed
      The coronavirus pandemic could cost up to 24 7 million jobs around the world if governments fail to come up with a coordinated policy response to the economic fallout of the health crisis an official said The International Labour Organisation ILO said this on Wednesday in Geneva If countries implement large scale measures to protect jobs stimulate the economy and boost employment unemployment will only grow by 5 3 million up from last year s global total of 188 million the UN body said In 2008 the world presented a united front to address the consequences of the global financial crisis and the worst was averted ILO Director General Guy Ryder said in a statement We need that kind of leadership and resolve now he added However the ILO also noted that the financial crisis boosted global unemployment by 22 million The forecast also said that companies would reduce work hours and wages leading to increased underemployment Self employment will not be able to cushion the effect of the Covid 19 viral disease because health measures are restricting the movements of service providers and goods the ILO warned Workers stand to lose at least 860 billion dollars in income by the end of the year which will hurt consumption In addition the ILO expects that the number of people who live in poverty in spite of having a job will increase by between 8 8 million and 35 million people The UN labour body previously predicted the number of working poor to drop by 14 million this year Edited By Fatima Sule Felix Ajide NAN
    UN says coronavirus pandemic could leave up to 24.7m unemployed
    Foreign3 years ago

    UN says coronavirus pandemic could leave up to 24.7m unemployed

      The coronavirus pandemic could cost up to 24.7 million jobs around the world if governments fail to come up with a coordinated policy response to the economic fallout of the health crisis, an official said.

    The International Labour Organisation (ILO) said this on Wednesday in Geneva.

    If countries implement large-scale measures to protect jobs, stimulate the economy and boost employment, unemployment will only grow by 5.3 million, up from last year’s global total of 188 million, the UN body said.

    “In 2008, the world presented a united front to address the consequences of the global financial crisis, and the worst was averted,” ILO Director General Guy Ryder said in a statement.

    “We need that kind of leadership and resolve now,” he added.

    However, the ILO also noted that the financial crisis boosted global unemployment by 22 million.

    The forecast also said that companies would reduce work hours and wages, leading to increased underemployment.

    Self-employment will not be able to cushion the effect of the Covid-19 viral disease because health measures are restricting the movements of service providers and goods, the ILO warned.

    Workers stand to lose at least 860 billion dollars in income by the end of the year, which will hurt consumption.

    In addition, the ILO expects that the number of people who live in poverty in spite of having a job will increase by between 8.8 million and 35 million people.

    The UN labour body previously predicted the number of working poor to drop by 14 million this year.


    Edited By: Fatima Sule/Felix Ajide
    (NAN)

  •  The Nigeria Employers Consultative Association NECA has called for harmonisation of labour laws to boost stakeholders agitation for the nation s labour administration Its Director General Mr Timothy Olawale made the call in Lagos on Friday while reacting to the House of Representatives plan to amend the Labour Act The lower chamber of the National Assembly is planning to insert a clause to criminalise casualisation at the workplace and regulate the practice of outsourcing Olawale described the plan as premature saying that the International Labour Organisation ILO standard required inputs of all social partners including governments labour and employers on any labour legislation Over the years NECA had frowned at casualisation because it is against the principle of decent work and international best standard and practice of ILO We in fact frown at all practices that tend to treat labour as a commodity to be exploited However in as much as the association appreciates the concern of the lawmakers in ensuring decent work for all Nigerians the bill is however premature This is because ILO standards requires input of all social partners on any labour legislation he said Olawale also said that the bill was coming at a time the social partners under the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment were currently reviewing the entire labour laws in the country According to him the parties have just concluded a three day retreat under the chairmanship of the Minister of State for Labour and Employment Mr Festus Keyamo to review the laws with the technical support of ILO The highly successful three day retreat witnessed all parties agreeing on most of the reviewed areas The Labour Act which the House of Representatives seeks to amend is part of the bills that should be looked at entirely Also the act has been reviewed holistically in line with the international best standards and the conventions of ILO which Nigeria as a responsible country ratified he said Olawale then urged the lawmakers to consolidate their positions on the bill with that of the social partners through the Ministry of Labour and Employment This he said was to ensure a seamless legislative process for the bills The Nigeria News Agency reports that the House had on March 3 passed for second reading a Bill seeking to amend the Labour Act to criminalise casualisation of workers in Nigeria The Bill which seeks to prohibit engagement of casual workers beyond six months was sponsored by Mr Olawale Raji of the All Progressives Congress Lagos Edited by Sam Oditah Olagoke Olatoye
    NECA calls for harmonisation of labour laws to end casualisation in workplaces
     The Nigeria Employers Consultative Association NECA has called for harmonisation of labour laws to boost stakeholders agitation for the nation s labour administration Its Director General Mr Timothy Olawale made the call in Lagos on Friday while reacting to the House of Representatives plan to amend the Labour Act The lower chamber of the National Assembly is planning to insert a clause to criminalise casualisation at the workplace and regulate the practice of outsourcing Olawale described the plan as premature saying that the International Labour Organisation ILO standard required inputs of all social partners including governments labour and employers on any labour legislation Over the years NECA had frowned at casualisation because it is against the principle of decent work and international best standard and practice of ILO We in fact frown at all practices that tend to treat labour as a commodity to be exploited However in as much as the association appreciates the concern of the lawmakers in ensuring decent work for all Nigerians the bill is however premature This is because ILO standards requires input of all social partners on any labour legislation he said Olawale also said that the bill was coming at a time the social partners under the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment were currently reviewing the entire labour laws in the country According to him the parties have just concluded a three day retreat under the chairmanship of the Minister of State for Labour and Employment Mr Festus Keyamo to review the laws with the technical support of ILO The highly successful three day retreat witnessed all parties agreeing on most of the reviewed areas The Labour Act which the House of Representatives seeks to amend is part of the bills that should be looked at entirely Also the act has been reviewed holistically in line with the international best standards and the conventions of ILO which Nigeria as a responsible country ratified he said Olawale then urged the lawmakers to consolidate their positions on the bill with that of the social partners through the Ministry of Labour and Employment This he said was to ensure a seamless legislative process for the bills The Nigeria News Agency reports that the House had on March 3 passed for second reading a Bill seeking to amend the Labour Act to criminalise casualisation of workers in Nigeria The Bill which seeks to prohibit engagement of casual workers beyond six months was sponsored by Mr Olawale Raji of the All Progressives Congress Lagos Edited by Sam Oditah Olagoke Olatoye
    NECA calls for harmonisation of labour laws to end casualisation in workplaces
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    NECA calls for harmonisation of labour laws to end casualisation in workplaces

    The Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) has called for harmonisation of labour laws to boost stakeholders’ agitation for the nation’s labour administration.

    Its Director-General, Mr Timothy Olawale, made the call in Lagos on Friday, while reacting to the House of Representatives’ plan to amend the Labour Act.

    The lower chamber of the National Assembly is planning to insert a clause to criminalise casualisation at the workplace and regulate the practice of outsourcing.

    Olawale described the plan as premature, saying that the International Labour Organisation (ILO) standard required inputs of all social partners, including governments, labour and employers on any labour legislation.

    “Over the years, NECA had frowned at casualisation because it is against the principle of decent work and international best standard and practice of ILO.

    “We, in fact, frown at all practices that tend to treat labour as a commodity to be exploited.

    “However, in as much as the association appreciates the concern of the lawmakers in ensuring decent work for all Nigerians, the bill is, however, premature.

    “This is because ILO standards requires input of all social partners on any labour legislation,” he said.

    Olawale also said that the bill was coming at a time the social partners, under the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, were currently reviewing the entire labour laws in the country.

    According to him, the parties have just concluded a three-day retreat, under the chairmanship of the Minister of State, for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo,  to review the laws with the technical support of ILO.

    “The highly successful three-day retreat witnessed all parties agreeing on most of the reviewed areas.

    “The Labour Act, which the House of Representatives seeks to amend, is part of the bills that should be looked at entirely.

    “Also, the act has been reviewed holistically in line with the international best standards and the conventions of ILO, which Nigeria, as a responsible country, ratified,” he said.

    Olawale then, urged the lawmakers to consolidate their positions on the bill with that of the social partners through the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

    This, he said, was to ensure a seamless legislative process for the bills.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that the House had on March 3 passed for second reading a Bill seeking to amend the Labour Act to criminalise casualisation of workers in Nigeria.

    The Bill, which seeks to prohibit engagement of casual workers beyond six months, was sponsored by Mr Olawale Raji of the All Progressives Congress, Lagos.

    Edited  by Sam Oditah/Olagoke Olatoye

     

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