‘You cannot force workers into farming’ – NLC to Governors

‘You cannot force workers into farming’ – NLC to Governors

Labour leaders and other stakeholders have condemned the move by Imo, Benue and Sokoto to reduce the working hours and days in the states. They said, in separate interviews, that the development was illegal, unconstitutional and a fundamental breach of the International Labour Organisation Convention. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue had directed civil servants to use Fridays for farming, while Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo pushed for a law that provides for three days for work and two days for farming.

The Nigeria Labour Congress President, Ayuba Wabba, said that “the policy is against all know labour laws and international treaties of the International Labour Organisation. He said, “It is something that we have already rejected and condemned, you cannot force people to go into farming. “Even, if you will to do that, it must be through a process of consultation because these workers are not slaves.

“In industrial relations, the issue of consultation, collective bargaining is used before a policy is actually adopted and in this respect there was no consultation.” He said that the new public work policy of Imo government was in conflict with the National Labour Law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Wabba said that national law stipulated eight hours for work per day and 40 hours of work per week which was in accordance with the ILO standard…Read more

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