FG through the Minister of Labour and Employment has proposed mandatory training for Union Leaders
Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, has recommended obligatory training for labour union leaders.
The Minister made the idea while defending his ministry’s budget before the House Committee on Labor.
In a statement made by the ministry he oversees, Ngige stated that labour union leaders neglect the ministry of labour owing to a lack of awareness about Nigerian laws, adding that it is harmful to be ignorant about the constitution.
He claimed that the required training will educate labour union leaders with the correct knowledge on the boundaries of how to make demands, as well as familiarise union leaders with trade unionism rules, trade dispute settlement, and the International Labour Organization convention (ILO).
The statement was as follows:
“You know, a lot of individuals who answer labour and union leaders are not schooled in the country’s labour laws, even academics.”
They disregard labour laws.
They show contempt for the labour ministry, labour committees, and everyone else.
“So, we want to modernise MINILS and make it essential that anytime you are chosen as comrade president, secretary general, or whatever, you must go there for an eight-week training to get certified.”
“Otherwise, you see people who are educated and knowledgeable and they are telling you that Section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act (TDA) 2004, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, does not apply to them or anybody. How do you say that? You are insulting the parliaments that are making laws.
“You are registered as a union and there is the Trade Union Act (2005) as amended and yet, you say that it should not apply to you and that you cannot tender an account of check-off dues that you collected.
“The same Trade Union Act permits the union to deduct the check-off dues from the salaries of its members. The same act says that the union must be audited every year and the audited account submitted to the registrar of trade unions.
“It is just like the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that registers political parties. If you apply to be registered as a political party, INEC will register you but will ask you to tender the audited accounts of your party every year. You must conform as a political party. But if you default, the commission will penalise you, according to the law. There are no two ways about it.
“A labour leader who attended the university but lacks small knowledge of the laws guiding trade unionism is a dangerous person to the society.”