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Leverage On ILO Pacts To Entrench Decent Work, TUC, CCESSA Tells FG

Posted: May 8, 2015 at 12:18 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Sylvester Enoghase, Lagos


Following a renew initiative aims to accelerate total eradication of child labour  in the country  by 2020, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Construction and Civil Engineering Senior Staff Association (CCESSA) have called on the Federal Government to leverage on technical cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to entrench decent work agenda in Nigeria.

The ILO and the Brazilian government, through the Brazilian Cotton Institute (IBA), recently formalised a new South-South cooperation project for the promotion of decent work in cotton-producing countries in Africa and Latin America, as part of the Brazil/ILO Partnership Programme for the Promotion of South-South Cooperation

Addressing newsmen on the effort by the Congress to presurise Government on decent work agenda, TUC’s President, comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama, said the new agreement between the ILO and ABC, signed on the eve of the International Labour Day, is an eye opener and a golden opportunity for the labour movement to challenge the Government on good initiatives that would pave the way for decent work agenda in Nigeria

He said: The South-South Cooperation between Southern countries is based on the concept of solidarity. This new agreement between the ILO and ABC, signed on the eve of the International Labour Day, paves the way for articulating several successful Brazilian experiences of eradication of child labour and forced labour; productive inclusion and promotion of youth employment in the cotton production sector, which to us in the labour movement should serve as a good innovation to the Government.”

According to him, the ILO considers the pact to be a pioneering initiative that will certainly have a great impact in the African and Latin American regions.

“We urge the Government and the ILO to organize prospecting missions, execute and monitor technical cooperation activities, which will be implemented as defined in work plans formulated in partnership with other South-South countries that will be selected to benefit from the project,” he said.

Also, the CCESSA’s National President, Comrade Augustine Etafo, who called on the Federal Government to fulfil the agreement reached with companies in the construction industry, highlighted that the agreements form part of an important mobilisation of funds towards project completion and decent work agenda in the construction sector.

He said: “Despite addressing several issues within the context of the decent work agenda by the government, the effort to ensure that the agreement reached between Government and labour is fulfilled also represents a new contribution to the fresh initiative to stop child labour as well as promoting decent work in the industry.

“We call on the three tiers of government, the Federal, the state and the local governments to fulfill the agreement reached with companies in the construction industry as over 8,500 workers in the sector lost their jobs in 2014 due to non-payment of funds to contractors handling various jobs for the Federal government

“We also express fears that more jobs are likely to be lost this year, 2015, because there was no provision of funds for the execution of projects in the 2015 budget, which puts contractors and workers in dangerous position of survival in the ongoing year.”