Construction employees threaten strike over sacking of 30,000

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The Construction and Civil Engineering Senior Staff Association (CCESSA) and National Union of Civil Engineering Construction Furniture and Wood Workers (NUCECFWW), have threatened to cease work on main roads as a consequence of some crises.

The unions affiliated with the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria and the Nigeria Labour Congress, epresent the senior and junior employees within the development business.

The National President of CCESSA, Ayodeji Adeyemo, and the NUCECFWW President Stephen Okoro, at a information convention on the state of the development business on Friday in Abuja, raised the alarm over the plight of development employees.

According to Adeyemo, the development business is the second largest employer of labour in Nigeria after the Government.

He, nonetheless, expressed concern that a variety of employees have been being laid off by development firms and the pattern was making a disaster within the sector.

“Over 30,000 employees have misplaced their jobs and about 52,000 employees might lose their jobs if care just isn’t taken. Over 20,000 have already misplaced their jobs within the final three months and 32,000 may also lose their jobs if the conflicts will not be resolved.

“We might don’t have any selection however to cease work on main roads if the pattern continues. Some of the roads which can be affected by the conflicts are roads being dealt with by main development firms like RCC, Setraco, Julius Berger, Dantata and Sawoe, amongst others.

“They are Obajana road, Abuja -Kano Road, Bodo-Bonny road, East-West road, Lagos-Ibadan Express way, Zaria -Sokoto road and Edo-Auchi road. When you sack people with family and other dependents, you are only calling for more insecurity in the country. Nigeria is currently grappling with insecurity and you can imagine when 52,000 workers are laid off,” he fumed.

Adeyemo mentioned that the unions have been additionally involved with the disagreement between the Federation of Construction Industry (FOCI) and the Minister of Works.

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According to him, there’s a whole slowdown within the business as a consequence of disagreement between the contractors dealing with numerous civil development tasks for the Federal Government and the Ministry of Works.

He mentioned this was a results of the unilateral imposition of latest customary circumstances of contracts by the Minister, opposite to the present circumstances as accepted by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP).

According to him, this has affected employment within the business, resulting in the mass sack of Nigerian employees who’re members of our unions.

Adeyemo mentioned the unions have appealed to the Minister of Works, David Umahi, for a type of bailout to the distressed development sector relatively than any type of battle.

“We name on the federal authorities to resolve the battle within the business by involving all stakeholders in contract awards.

“These are the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Works, Council for Regulation of Engineers in Nigeria (COREN), and Federation of Construction Industry (FOCI), amongst others.

“We urge the Minister of Works, FOCI and all concerned to amicably resolve the current conflict within 21 days otherwise, the two Unions will be compelled to declare industrial actions in the construction industry”, Adeyemo mentioned.

The two unions referred to as for an finish to banditry, kidnappings and killings that had develop into so widespread within the nation, urging safety companies to make sure the protection of the members and all Nigerians.




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