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Construction workers to strike over wage

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By Okunloye Abiodun

Insufficient implementation of wage recognition spikes the three-day strike.

Nigeria’s construction workers unified as the National Union of Civil Engineering Construction, Furniture and Wood Workers (NUCECFWW) along with the Construction and Civil Engineering Senior Staff Association (CCESSA), have voiced their intention to initiate a brief three-day strike as a cautionary measure regarding the insufficient implementation of their industry’s wage recognition. On Thursday in Abuja, Mr. Stephen Okoro, National President of NUCECFWW, and Comrade Ayodeji Adeyemo, National President of CCESSA, united their voices to express their discontent and caution during a joint press conference.

After the warning strike, the national presidents declared that indefinite action would begin if no productive measures were taken. They expressed their dissatisfaction with the Construction Civil Engineering Employers Association of Nigeria (CCEAN), accusing them of hindering the unions’ efforts in implementing the wage award according to the agreement between the Federal Government and organised labour. President Bola Tinubu’s administration took a significant step by eliminating fuel subsidies. Before this decision, two organisations, NUCECFWW and CCESSA, reached out to the Employers Association in March 2023.

FG and organised labour hold a negotiation meeting.

Their motive was to arrange a meeting addressing the pressing issue of construction workers suffering from challenging economic conditions. Their primary aim and objective was to discuss and seek solutions pertaining to worker relief measures. However, the employers association rejected their request without any hesitation. They responded to the joint letter with a feeble justification, insisting that it would be best to wait for the conclusion of talks between the Federal Government and organised labour.

Following the successful completion of negotiations between the Federal Government and organised labour, CCESSA and NUCECFWW expressed their desire to convene a meeting with the Federation of Construction Industry (FOCI). At this juncture, the intrigues commenced, reaching a point when FOC abruptly terminated any future deliberations regarding salary benefits. Consequently, a strike notice was imperative, yet FOCI promptly notified the Ministry of Labour, prompting the unions to be summoned to the Ministry’s premises for conciliation.

The construction workers were criticised for rejecting dialogue.

As a result of the aforementioned, the Minister of Labour convened two distinct gatherings, during which a delegate from the minister’s office suggested that the concerned parties engage in a constructive conversation and reach a consensus regarding the remuneration for workers within the construction sector. Despite receiving this guidance, employers in the construction sector defiantly rejected it and proudly claimed that not even the Federal Government had the power to force them to comply with wage requirements. They asserted that despite efforts by unions to engage in discussions with certain construction company executives, their attempts were met with refusal.

As claimed by sources, employers in Nigeria’s construction industry have been criticised for rejecting dialogue and opting for a confrontational stance instead. In light of this situation, workers associated with NUCECFWW and CCESSA have united to assert control over their fate under the industry’s umbrella. They are now urging employers to honour the wage award agreement and uphold its principles and significance. According to them, if there are any additional delays, workers in the construction sector will have no choice but to take immediate industrial action to emphasise their demands.

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Moreover, Nigeria, known for its varied population and abundant riches offered by nature, has long been acknowledged as a country with tremendous promise. The construction industry has served as a vital force in converting this promise into tangible prosperity, moulding urban landscapes, facilitating inter-town connectivity, and driving economic advancement. The construction sector significantly contributes to a nation’s economic expansion. The government’s keen attention is directed towards the construction industry as it is an investment-driven sector. The industry needs to collaborates with the government to create crucial healthcare, transportation, and education infrastructure.


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AN-Toni
Editor
1 month ago

Construction workers to strike over wage. – Insufficient implementation of wage recognition spikes the three-day strike.Express your point of view.

Adeoye Adegoke
Member
1 month ago

That’s unfortunate to hear that construction workers are going on strike due to insufficient implementation of wage recognition. It’s important for workers to receive fair wages for their hard work and contributions to the construction industry.
Wage recognition is crucial in ensuring that workers are compensated appropriately for their skills, efforts, and the value they bring to their jobs. It’s understandable that the workers feel the need to take action to address this issue.
Strikes can be a powerful way for workers to voice their concerns and demand fair treatment. It’s important for employers and policymakers to listen to the workers’ demands and work towards a resolution that addresses their wage concerns.
Fair wages not only benefit the workers themselves but also contribute to a more equitable society. When workers are paid fairly, it can improve their quality of life, support their families, and stimulate economic growth.

Kazeem1
Member
1 month ago

In order to maintain good relations between employers and employees, wage recognition is essential. It’s critical that employees feel appreciated and that their labor is fairly compensated.In order to maintain good relations amongst employers and employees, wage recognition is essential. It’s critical that employees feel appreciated and that their labor is fairly compensated.

Taiwo
Member
1 month ago

Construction workers are planning a walkout over pay. The national presidents announced that if no constructive action was made, indefinite action will start following the three-day strike caused by the inadequate implementation of pay recognition. They conveyed their discontentment with the Nigerian Construction Civil Engineering Employers Association (CCEAN),

SarahDiv
Member
30 days ago

It’s disheartening to see the challenges faced by construction workers regarding wage issues. The planned strike reflects their frustration with the lack of implementation. Hopeful for a fair resolution that considers the workers’ welfare.