Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ekiti State Council yesterday, again protested against what it described as anti-Labour Act.
The NLC said its peaceful protest was used “to mark this year’s World Day for Decent Work (WDDW) which fell on 7 October, 2018 but being celebrated today, 8th October, 2018”
Its protest, however, focused on the world struggle for living minimum wages and a pay rise for all workers.
Ekiti NLC Chairman, Comrade Ade Adesanmi, who was represented by Comrade Adeniyi Gbenga, said directive on the protest came from the union’s national body, and the decision was carried out nationwide, insisting that the protest was meant to correct the error in the society.
In Ekiti State, the peaceful protest kick-started from Labour House to Fajuyi roundabout in Ado-Ekiti, where the workers moved to sensitise the public on their agitations.
The labour leader, while addressing the workers stated that ‘decent work’ must be at the center of government actions to bring back economic growth and build a new global economy that puts people first.
He said “the NLC’s demands are for employers to stop casualisation of workers in work places, pay their workers living wages, and allow their workers to form and belong to trade unions of their choice in work places in compliance with the labour laws and ILO Convention 87.
Other demands are for employers to “Integrate these workers and their unions in your internally collective bargaining machinery in all work places in band compliance with ILO convention 98 and respect of all national laws and international Labour conventions on the right of workers. And there must be safety measures in all the work places. “
The NLC boss, who decried government’s attitude to workers’ plight said workers would not be wallowing in abject poverty with precarious wage of N18, 000 which had expired since 2015 while government continued to delay on a new minimum wage
The workers, who later moved to MTN and Ekiti Waste Management Board, said they decided to picket two oraginisations -private and public because of identified anti-Labour Act of the managements of the organizations.