National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) workers has urged the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, to intervene in an ongoing labour issues between workers and the management of the commission, while they expresses readiness to trade on the path of dispute with the management of the commission over what they describe as ‘unfair labour practices’.
The workers, under the aegis of Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies (SSASCGOC), an affiliate of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), the Association warned that a breakdown of law and order is becoming inevitable if the management fail to see reasons with them.
Expressing its position in a letter address to Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, they urge the minister to urgently intervene by directing the commission to do the needful to avoid disruption of activities and the relative peace being enjoyed.
Dated 16 March, 2017, the letter in part read: “In accordance with Section 4 of the Trade Disputes Decree, 1976, I, Comrade Akin Okudero, Asst. General Secretary (Organising) on behalf of the General Secretary, Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies (SSASCGOC), hereby give notice that a trade dispute has been declared between the said SSASCGOC and NIMC management.”
It went on read, “ The points of dispute includes; the attempt by NIMC management to force all SSASCGOC members in the commission into the Association of Senior a Civil Service of Nigeria (ASCSN), against the Labour Act; biased and unfair Labour practice as well as refusal to release promotion letters of staff who passed the 2015 promotion examination.
“The management refusal to implement the recommendation of the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission on the salary structure of NIMC; and an alleged placing of officers who falsified records by obtaining fake conversion promotion/appointment letters above other staff who did not participate in the fraud.
“Victimisation of SSASCGOC executive members in NIMC, misuse and abuse of public service rules, while all steps taken to reach agreement, such as various letters written and meetings held were without resolution and to no avail.”
“We therefore call for an urgent intervention of the minister to enable us calm the frayed nerves of our members and avoid a breakdown of law and order which is becoming inevitable due to strong biase disposition of the management of the commission against the wishes of the employees of the Organisation.” The letter further said.
Meanwhile, General Secretary of SSASCGOC, Comrade Ayo Olorunfemi, has said the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria can only organise core civil servants, adding that the staff of NIMC are not civil servants.
“By virtue of National Industrial Court (NIC) judgement , ASCSN can only unionise civil servants. Also, by virtue of that judgement SSASCGOC can unionise staff of statutory corporations and government owned companies. What that means is that any corporate government entities that is established by Act of Parliament are statutory corporations and that also include NIMC,which was established by NIMC Act of 2007.
“The primary reason why the management of NIMC, under its present director general is resisting SSASCGOC is because of the issue of workers’ salaries.”