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NLC vows to cut wings of maritime employers in anti -labour activities


Segun Oladipupo

The Lagos branch  of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) on Thursday expressed readiness to resist any maritime employer engaging in anti labour activities.

It added that it would not condone any attempt for any employer in the sector to subvert or upturn the laws guiding the relationship between labour and their employers.

Comrade Funmi Agnes Sessi stated this when the Council paid a condolence visit to the National Secretariat of the union in Lagos over the death of Comrade Sanni Adeleke who died early this month on his way from church.

The late comrade was the representative of the union at the Council before his demise.

Asked what she intended to do about the outsourcing of jobs that can be handled by Nigerians to foreigners, the Lagos Council boss said the Council would support Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN) to cut the wings of employers engaging in anti -labour activities.

She maintained that the Council would resist attempts by employers to deny workers of their rights or from getting justice

Her words, “In terms of us cutting the wings of any employer doing anti-  labour activities, we will support all the efforts of Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria in achieving justice for those who are denied justice for the workers and for every law that wants to be subverted and upturned.

“We visited the union to commiserate with the members concerning the death of Comrade Sanni Adeleke who was the representative of the union at the state council until his death.”

Enumerating some of the achievements of the Council under her watch, Comrade Sessi educated the executive members of the union to key into the landed property given to it by the Lagos state government in Lekki and Ishefun.

Explaining how to key into the scheme, she said members should register with NHS or pay for the property outrightly which according there, is cheaper than what obtains elsewhere.

“We are here to tell them some of the feats achieved by the state council and how the union can key into them to get the best  for their members

“The landed property given to the council by Lagos State government, some parts in Lekki and some in Ishefun and we have also worked in concert with a developer who will help in developing the places

“All you need to do as workers to be beneficiaries is to register with NHS and once that is done, it will be easier for members to benefit from the projects.

“Those who are not NHS members can register and pay outrightly. The papers for all of this have already been signed and the roll out will come out in the next two to three weeks.

“The Ministry of Justice is involved, it is a legal and transparent process, the projects will be cheaper than what you can get in the market because Lagos state has already paid for the lands. What will be involved are the materials and the designs,” she explained.

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