The economic recession in Nigeria coupled with the government policy of attracting foreign direct investment into the country has led the weakening of labour protection regulations, the National Union of Petroleum Energy and Natural Gas, NUPENG, has said.
President of the organsied labour group, Comrade Igwe Achese who made this known in Lagos, said that temporary/precarious work existed in all sectors of Nigeria’s economy due to the near absence of regulatory institutions and agencies.
He noted that issues of precarious work had been challenging to labour as it has led to increasing erosion of workers’rights and privileges such as freedom of association and collective bargaining.
According to him, since the major motive of Casual/Temporary work is profit there comes with it absence of decent work, job insecurity, poor health, absence of medical provisions, lack of training, long hours of work, lower wages and low quality jobs.
Similarly, Comrade Achese pointed out that workers are made to work in inhuman situations and conditions resulting into wide poverty circle and increased inequality.
He explained further that women are more deprived of basic workers rightswith regards to working hours, maternity leave, safety at work and public holidays.
“Indeed work becomes precarious when trade unions are not allowed tooperate or flourish. Industrial relations are usually the first victim in the situation of precarious work. Workers are not allowed to have representation or interface with the principal and the Contractor,” he said.