NLC 2021 Meeting: Labour Issues 14-Day Ultimatum to Turkish Airlines, Caverton Helicopters

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The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has issued a 14-day ultimatum to Turkish Airlines and Caverton Helicopters to reinstate all sacked trade union executives. The airlines were advised to desist from further anti-union actions.

NLC had condemned the case of the sack of trade union executives by Turkish Airlines and the anti-unionization stance of Caverton Helicopters. It also deplored the industrial tyranny by Turkish Airlines and Caverton Helicopters.

Arising from its regular meeting on February 17, 2021 held at the Nigeria Air Force (NAF), Conference Centre, Kado-Abuja and presided over by Comrade Ayuba Wabba, the NLC Executive Council rejected the concession of Nigeria’s airports and other considerations for privatization describing such as great disservice to the Nigerian people and a betrayal of the efforts of Nigerian workers especially those employed in the aviation sector.

The NLC re-echoed that the fundamental rights to peaceful assembly and protests by citizens is a universal right that should never be breached. The NEC decried the rising waves of anti-union practices by some employers in Nigeria. The case of the Corporate Affairs Commission, the union resolved to mobilize the strength of the Nigerian workforce to picket the national headquarters of the CAC for three days.

Besides, the NEC called on banks in Nigeria to desist from the modern-day slavery of imposing unrealistic revenue targets on their employees. The union body also called on the Central Bank of Nigeria to direct all the management of banks in Nigeria to constitute the employers’ representative body – the Nigeria Employers Association of Banks and Allied Institutions – to ensure seamless collective bargaining machinery in Nigeria’s banking industry.

NLC Council expressed concern on the inability of African countries including Nigeria to develop anti-COVID-19 vaccines. It traced the research failure in Nigeria to poor commitment of Nigerian government to funding research and innovation.

The body posited that research failure exacerbates crisis of unemployment, insecurity, and widespread unrest ravaging the country among other resolutions.

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