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Mon, Sep 4, 2023 6:30 PM

NECA Urges Government to Respect ILO Convention for Industrial Harmony in Nigeria

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NECA Urges Government to Respect ILO Convention for Industrial Harmony in Nigeria
The Nigeria Employers' Consultative Association (NECA) has called on the Nigerian government to uphold the provisions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 087. The association expressed concerns over recent events that are threatening the country's industrial relations system and its reputation in the international labour community. NECA highlighted violations of workers' rights and interference in union activities by some state governments. It urged the Minister of Labour and Employment to address these issues and prevent further disruption in industrial relations.

The Nigeria Employers' Consultative Association (NECA) has urged the Nigerian government to respect and uphold the provisions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 087. In a letter to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr Simon Lalong, NECA's Director-General, Mr Adewale-Smatt Oyerinde, expressed concerns over recent events that could jeopardize peaceful industrial harmony in the country and harm its standing in the international labour community.

NECA highlighted the interference of some state governments in the affairs of trade unions, which violates workers' rights and disrupts the freedom of association as guaranteed by Convention 087. The association emphasized the importance of maintaining a strong industrial relations system that respects the rights of workers and employers without undue interference from the government.

"As a respectable nation in the International Labour Organisation (ILO), with Nigeria currently serving as the chairman of the ILO Governing Body, it is worrisome that government, both at the Federal and State levels, would violate the provisions of Convention 087," said Mr Oyerinde.

NECA called on the Minister of Labour and Employment to address these violations promptly to prevent any further disruptions in the industrial relations system in Nigeria.

The Director-General also highlighted the ongoing challenges faced by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), a social partner and constituent of the ILO. He emphasized the need to safeguard the rights of workers and employers and protect them from any form of harassment or interference.

NECA referenced Convention 087, particularly articles 1, 2, 3, and 4, which ensure the freedom of association for workers and employers and protect their rights to organize without government interference. These principles were underscored at the National Labour Advisory Council meeting, held from July 12 to 14, 2023, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.

The association expressed its confidence in the Minister's experience and goodwill to address this issue promptly, preventing Nigeria from facing embarrassment within the international community and avoiding any disruptions in industrial relations practices.

In light of NECA's concerns, it is crucial for the Nigerian government to take immediate action, upholding the principles of the ILO Convention and ensuring the protection of workers' rights. By doing so, Nigeria can solidify its reputation as a responsible member of the international labour community.

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