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Workers Serve Strike Notice On NIGCOMSAT Mgt



The Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies (SSASCGOC) has threatened to disrupt all official activities by embarking on a three-day warning strike at the Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd (NIGCOMSAT).

Already, the association had written to the minister of communication, Adebayo Shitu, warning that workers would commence a strike unless the issues of promotion and victimisation of its members in the company are addressed.

The letter, dated January 10, with reference number SSASCGOC/LAB/17/2018/994 , was signed by SSASCGOC president, Mohammad Yunusa and the general secretary, Comrade Ayo Olorunfemi.

“We are most concerned about issues that bother on the rights of our members; particularly the issue of promotion. As we speak, one of our members is being victimised  for  refusing to participate in activities that promote corruption in the workplace.

“We shall be left with no other choice than to embark on a three-day warning strike to drive home our point if nothing is done to address all the issues raised in our letter under reference within 21 days from the date of receipt of this letter,” they wrote.

Speaking with our correspondent, Comrade Olorunfemi condemned the promotion exercise done by NIGCOMSAT management after a long pressure from the union, adding that it was lopsided as the important issue of seniority was lost.

“The essence of promotion is to motivate, but when promotion is becoming a de-motivational factor, there will be reduction in productivity and the union would not accept that,” he said.

On the victimization of its member, he explained that top level account officer refused a directive from an executive director to pay unapproved money and was being victimized for that.

Comrade Olorunfemi called on the minister to conduct an investigation into this case and ensure that workers who stand up against corruption are not victimised.




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