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NECA urges Federal Government to respect ILO Convention on freedom of association and right to organize

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NECA urges Federal Government to respect ILO Convention on freedom of association and right to organize
The Nigeria Employers' Consultative Association (NECA) has called on the Federal Government to respect the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention (C) 087, which guarantees freedom of association and protection of the right to organise. NECA urged the government to address the violation of this convention, as it threatens the country's industrial relations system and its standing among the international community.

The Nigeria Employers' Consultative Association (NECA) has raised concerns over the violation of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention (C) 087 by the Federal Government and some state governments. The convention guarantees freedom of association and the protection of the right to organize for workers and employers without government interference.

A letter addressed to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, and signed by the Director-General of NECA, Adewale-Smatt Oyerinde, highlights the dangerous trend where social partners, including the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), are facing onslaughts from some state governments and their agents.

NECA emphasizes the importance of respecting the provisions of the ILO Convention (C) 087, which has been ratified by Nigeria. The organization calls on the government to maintain a peaceful industrial harmony in the country by adhering to the constitution and international conventions.

Mr. Oyerinde refers to the recent National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) meeting held in Akwa Ibom State, where the reaffirmation of Convention (C) 087 was strongly emphasized.

While acknowledging the ideological differences with organized labor, NECA aligns with them on the need for government at all levels to uphold the provisions of the constitution and the ILO Convention. This alignment aims to prevent the nation from facing ridicule in the international community and avoid disruptions in the industrial relations practice.

The violation of workers' rights and interference in the freedom of association not only undermine fundamental human rights but also weaken the country's industrial relations system. These actions tarnish Nigeria's reputation as a responsible member of the global community.

NECA's call for the government to respect the ILO Convention (C) 087 echoes the importance of preserving labor rights and peaceful industrial relations for the benefit of the nation. In a rapidly changing global economy, maintaining a fair and harmonious environment for both workers and employers is crucial.

It is now incumbent upon the Federal Government and state governments to take heed of NECA's plea and rectify any violations of the ILO Convention. By upholding the principles of freedom of association and the right to organize, Nigeria can demonstrate its commitment to international labor standards and pave the way for a more prosperous and equitable society.

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