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‘High Rate Of Casualisation Of Workers Frightening’



Leadership Nigeria News Today

The National President, National Union of Chemical , Footwear, Rubber and Non-Metallic Product Employees (NUCFRLANMPE),  Comrade Olatunji Babatunde, has lamented the high rate of casualization of workers in the country , saying the trend is taking frightening dimension.

He noted that companies in the country have embraced the obnoxious way of replacing their full time workforce with temporary, casual, outsourced and contract workers at frightening rate.

The union president stated this in his address on the occasion of the world decent day in Lagos saying, employers now hide behind what they call the ‘core’ value of their business to casualise over 70 percent of their workforce through outsourcing and contract employment.

Babatunde explained that precarious work has led to increasing erosion of basic workers right such as freedom of association and collective bargaining.

He added that the use of temporary or casual workers has led to depletion in the membership and capacity to organize in all sectors that include oil, gas, chemical and non-metallic, steel and engineering, electricity and textile.

He disclosed that in the chemical and non-metallic sector, several industries were denying the union right to organize, saying  the unions frowned at the biased role the ministry’s officials are playing in the handling of the redundancy exercise in Swiss pharmaceuticals and in condoling the executive lawlessness of the management.

The Union therefore demanded immediate end to all forces of employment that offend human dignity and deny workers access to living wages, social protection and denial of the right to join the union.