Abeokuta, Dec. 15, 2023: The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Ogun has declared war against foreign companies engaging in casualisation of workers and other forms of indecent employment practices.
The NLC Chairman in the state, Hammed Benco made the declaration on Thursday while speaking during the induction of the new executive leadership of local government into the State Executive Council of the NLC.
Benco said the NLC had been receiving complaints from its affiliates bodies on the dehumanization of Nigerians working in companies owned by foreigners, vowing that such company would be shutdown.
He said the NLC had set up a private sector membership drive committee to ensure that workers in all companies operating in the state were properly registered under NLC affiliates.
“We have discovered over time that we have issues with private companies maltreating Nigerians, using them as slaves in their companies.
“I know most of them (foreign companies) are not having condition of service for their workers.
” We want to make sure that we reduce the issue of inhumanisation of workers in various companies to the barest minimum.
“The best thing we can do is to put up a very strong committee to ensure that we have almost all companies registered and enlisted into one of the affiliates of NLC,” he said .
The NLC chairman noted that the objective was to ensure that all workers in those companies were well catered for, well registered under an affiliate for collective bargaining and for industrial peace.
” We will ensure that the rivalry between the private and the public sector in terms of employment is reduced to the barest minimum.
“We must continue to engage our people in these private companies to come out and tell us what they are facing in these companies because if we don’t have complains we can’t act.
In his remark, the state Head of Service, Kolawole Fagbohun called for more collaboration between the government and state workers.
“What we have in Ogun is a collaborative effort where when we have challenge, we put our heads together to find solutions to those challenges,” Fagbohun said.