23 May 2002

Nigeria: Labour Congress Pickets 8 Companies Over Casualisation

Lagos — For two days consecutively (Monday and Tuesday) this week, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) stormed Ogun State in continuation of its crusade against casualisation of workers by picketing some of the companies still in the practice of using casual workers, in Otta.

The two days crusade led by NLC auditor, Comrade Bright Anokwaro representing his president Adams Oshiomhole as well as the secretary, on Casualisation committee Elder Linus Ukamba has however brought a handslide victory to the congress with the regularisation of over 1,500 jobs in 14 companies in the chemical, food and pharmaceutical industries.

Some of the companies picketed by the over 400 workers, who stormed the affected companies - Vee Pee Group of Companies, Avon Crown Limited, Farmex Mayer, Kolorkoote Nigeria Limited, Merchant Investor Aluminium Rolling Mills Limited, Drug Field Pharmaceutical and Sona Breweries as early as 6.30 am, singing Solidarity songs Addressing workers at the gate of Sona Breweries, elder Ukamba stated that the congress has resolved to carry its anti-casualisation campaign to all the states of the federation and it will not stop until battle is totally won."

The NLC, secretary in casualisation, Elder Ukamba speaking further sounds a note of warning to all the companies still engaging the service of casual workers in Nigeria.

"The NLC is ready to do battle with them, even to the extend of crippling their businesses.

Emerging from a session of talks on actualisation with the management of Sona Breweries led by Mr. Thompson Onwuka, an executive director representing the managing director who was on a vacation stated that the congress is happy with the outcome of its crusade, because most of the affected companies has entered into agreement with the NLC to desist from violating the Nigeria Labour Law.

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