The organized labour has appealed to the Federal Government to desist from plans regarding the increase in price of electricity or petrol because many Nigerians are presently suffering.
This appeal was made by President, National Union of Chemical, Footwear Rubber Leather and Non-Metallic Product Employees (NUCFRLANMPE) Babatunde Olatunji, at 29th Annual Industrial Relations seminar of the union themed ‘Socio-economic crises and COVID-19 Pandemic: Issues, challenges and way forward’ on Monday in Ibadan.
Olatunji said the organized labour would do everything within its power to resist any plan to increase electricity or petrol by the government adding that presently, power supply in Nigeria stood at 4,000 megawatts for about 200 million population compared to South Africa with 58,000 megawatts which has 50 million population.
He said, “Industrialisation cannot take place in the absence of power. Inadequate infrastructure like bad road network is also a challenge. From the source of raw material to the market areas is dilapidated, the roads network are no longer motorable.
“Government should ensure adequate power, security of lives and properties as well as regulate multiple taxation and charges to allow manufacturing companies survive, thus promote Gross Domestic Products in the country.”
Furthermore, he said that the effect of socio-economic crises and COVID-19 pandemic on industrial relations affected the economy which is evident in the high number of job losses from redundancy and factory closures.
He said as an effort to increase profit, management of some organisations make staff to work for more than eight hours without overtime payment while many permanent employment are converted to casual.
He urged the management of these affected organisations to treat all workers with dignity and respect the International Labour Organisation’s law on workers right to form or join a union irrespective of their status.
The Secretary, Chemical and Non-Metallic Products Employers Federation (CANMPEF) Femi Oke therefore advised the government to prioritise the sale of foreign exchange to help manufacturers boost production, curtail inflation rate, stop multiplicity of levies, prioritise infrastructure and improve security for development of the nation.
He also called on employers and employees to collaborate and communicate often so as to ensure the survival of their organisation.